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January 2019 Edition 
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2019 is in full swing for All Children - All Families and we’re looking forward to all it has in store. The pilot year of our new annual cycle will come to a close next month and we will celebrate our participating organizations this spring! More on that to come! For now, check out new resources below and let us know if we’ll be seeing you at any 2019 conferences.
Meet ACAF Team During the 2019 Conference Season

All Children - All Families team members will be presenting or exhibiting at these upcoming conferences:

Time to THRIVE Conference, February 14-16, Anaheim, CA 
CWLA Conference, April 9-13, Washington, DC
AEA Conference, April 29-30, Orlando, FL
Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Summit, May 22-24, Columbus, OH 
National Foster Parent Association, June 12-15, Anaheim, CA 

Let our team know if we’ll see you at any of these conferences -- we’d love to meet you in person. And don’t forget registration is still open for HRC’s Time to THRIVE conference next month!
Share New Educational Video on Family Acceptance

The Institute for Innovation and Implementation at the University of Maryland Baltimore School of Social Work partnered with the Biden Foundation to create an animated short focused on family acceptance of youth with diverse sexual orientation, gender identity and expression (SOGIE). The 9 minute video highlights the impact of rejection and how to provide support, acceptance and affirmation to youth with diverse SOGIE. The video is part of a larger campaign by the Biden Foundation, “As You Are: A Family and Community Acceptance Campaign.” Check out stories and resources on family and community acceptance!

Register Now: A Powerful Voice - Child Welfare Experts & LGBTQ Policy Advocacy

As legislative sessions begin across nearly all 50 states, HRC is tracking more than 150 pieces of LGBTQ-related legislation. Want to stay informed on what’s happening in your state and how you could get involved? Register for ACAF’s LGBTQ policy advocacy webinar on February 21st at 2:30 PM ET.

Stay Informed: HRC Responds to HHS Decision Allowing Discrimination in South Carolina’s Foster Care Program 
 
Earlier this month HRC responded to news that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) granted a waiver from federal non-discrimination requirements to South Carolina’s Foster Care Program, which has contracted with a child welfare provider who seeks permission to refuse to serve prospective parents who do not share their religious beliefs, but who wants to continue to receive federal funding to provide those services. By granting that waiver, HHS is opening the door to federally-funded discrimination justified by religious belief against any number of prospective parents, including single parents, LGBTQ individuals or same-sex couples, parents who may previously have been divorced, interfaith couples, or people of deep faith that happens to be of another religion. Learn more on HRC’s blog.
Spread the Word: Call for Applicants - Congressional Foster Youth Shadow Day
 
The National Foster Youth Institute is looking for individuals to participate in its annual Congressional Foster Youth Shadow Day. Participants must be ages 18-30 and have personal experience in the foster care system. Highlights of the experience include meeting with members of Congress, sharing personal testimony, making policy recommendations and gaining a behind-the-scenes look at the legislative process! Have a young leader in mind? Encourage them to apply today!
Make One More New Year’s Resolution
 
All Children - All Families challenges you to make one more resolution for 2019! Commit to continuing your allyship and/or advocacy for the LGBTQ community. Check out HRC’s 2018 in Review, a compilation of resources for moving LGBTQ equality forward to help guide your work ahead! Find ways you can make a difference for the LGBTQ community!
ACAF Project Updates
 
It’s almost ACAF assessment deadline month! As your organization works to meet the February 28th deadline, we’re here to help. Email acaf@hrc.org with any questions.
 


Resource Spotlight
 
Hate Crimes: What You Need to Know provides information and resources about bias-motivated crime, a topic that has received media attention recently after the horrific attack on Jussie Smollett.
 


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