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August 2020 Edition
 
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We hope this August edition of Field Forward finds you safe and healthy. During these difficult times, your continued commitment to serving children and families is truly inspiring. This month we’re pleased to highlight one example of this commitment. Thank you to Lutheran Child & Family Services of Illinois, a long-time ACAF participant and 2020 Innovator, for its work submitting a “Friend of the Court” brief to the U.S. Supreme Court re: Fulton v. City of Philadelphia. In the brief, the organization explains that “its commitment to self-examination, social justice, robust advocacy, and child welfare” motivated its decision to submit the brief which argues that non-discrimination protections are central to the purpose of the foster care system. Learn more by reading the brief and check out more news and resources from the month below.

New Report: “Children at Risk: The Trump Administration’s Waiver of Foster Care Nondiscrimination Requirements”

This month a new report from Democratic staff in the House Ways and Means Committee outlined the harm to children caused by the Trump Administration’s granting of a waiver to South Carolina, allowing federal funds to be spent in a discriminatory manner within the state’s child welfare system.

Save the Date: October Virtual Symposium on Supporting LGBTQ Youth

The Philadelphia Coalition for Queer Justice and Intersectional Equity has partnered with Institute of Innovation and Implementation to host a two day-virtual symposium on the state of LGBTQ+ youth in the child welfare system and how their experiences have changed in light of COVID-19. The New Normal: LGBTQ+ Youth Living Through COVID-19 will take place on October 15th and 16th and will gather medical professionals, child welfare workers, prevention workers, mentors, and executives from a variety of disciplines. The symposium will elevate the voices of experts in the pursuit of equity for our LGBTQ+ youth.

Participate in New Child Welfare Study

A new study is seeking professionals’ perspectives on the challenges facing families involved in the child welfare system during COVID-19, particularly those related to contact and the use of virtual forms of communication. Social workers, case workers, case managers, attorneys, and therapists who work with child welfare-involved families are encouraged to participate. The anonymous survey will take about 15 minutes. At the end of the survey, you will have the option of (a) being entered into a drawing for one of three $50 Amazon gift cards. Contact the principal investigator, Abbie Goldberg, with any questions. 

Healthy People 2030 Launched

The fifth iteration of the Healthy People initiative has launched. Healthy People 2030 sets national objectives to address the nation’s latest public health priorities -- including collecting data on LGBTQ health issues and improving the health of LGBTQ adolescents in particular. Learn more about the LGBTQ specific objectives in Healthy People 2030.

Resource for Trans Community: “Who’s Hiring?” Webcast Series

Transgender and non-binary people, and particularly those of color, experience higher unemployment and underemployment rates than their cisgender peers. With national unemployment soaring amidst the COVID-19 health crisis, these communities stand to be further marginalized and cut off from economic security and opportunity. While many employers are laying off and furloughing workers, there are others who are hiring. The Human Rights Campaign Foundation and Trans Can Work's "Who's Hiring" webcast series highlights current employment opportunities and provides information on how to apply for them. All types of roles across all industries are featured. Make sure the trans and non-binary folks in your community know about this resource by sharing it today!

ACAF Project Updates

Now is the time to encourage your partner organizations to participate in ACAF for the 2021 cycle. Send your colleagues this request form so they can enroll today!

 
Resource Spotlight
 
The “Who’s Hiring” webcast series is targeted to trans and non-binary communities, share it today and read more in the body of this newsletter.

September Observances
 
9/18 – National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day  
9/23 – Celebrate Bisexuality Day
Week of 9/23 – Bisexual Awareness Week
9/27 – National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day  
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