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Helpful PDFs For Families Supporting LGBTQIA+ Children
A Practitioner’s Resource Guide: Helping Families to Support Their LGBT Children
This resource guide was developed and is being disseminated throughout health and social service systems to help practitioners who work in a wide range of settings to understand the critical role of family acceptance and rejection in contributing to the health and well-being of adolescents who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. This includes practitioners who work in primary care, behavioral health, schoolbased services, family service agencies, homeless and runaway programs, and foster care and juvenile justice settings. Its intent is to help practitioners implement best practices in engaging and helping families and caregivers to support their LGBT children. The family intervention approach discussed in this guide is based on research findings and more than a decade of interactions and intervention work by the Family Acceptance Project (FAP) at San Francisco State University with very diverse families and their LGBT children.
Helping Diverse Families Learn to Support Their LGBTQ Children to Prevent Health and Mental Health Risks and Promote Well-Being
The Family Acceptance Project® (FAP) is a research, education, intervention and policy initiative to help diverse families learn to support their lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer-identified (LGBTQ) children to prevent health and mental health risks and promote well-being. Affiliated with San Francisco State University, FAP was founded in 2002 by Dr. Caitlin Ryan and Dr. Rafael Diaz to address a major gap in knowledge, practice and policy related to prevention, wellness and care for LGBTQ children, youth and young adults—family engagement and support. FAP’s family support framework provides a critical opportunity for agencies, care systems and practitioners to engage in public education, upstream prevention, early intervention, crisis intervention and postvention to address and ameliorate a range of serious health and mental health concerns that impact LGBTQ young people. Family support can make a critical difference to build healthy futures for LGBTQ children and youth.