June 2019 Edition 
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This last week has further brought to light the harm that the Trump-Pence administration is inflicting on immigrant children and families. Tell your elected officials to protect immigrant children and families through the CWLA Action Center. Click here for more on how HRC is joining our partners in this fight.

In this Pride month edition of Field Forward, we are thrilled to share with you Celebrating Everyday Change-Makers in Child Welfare, the first-ever All Children - All Families annual report released this week. The organizations featured in the report are proof that thousands of committed professionals -- from frontline workers to executives -- know that LGBTQ youth are perfect just the way they are and that removing barriers for potentially qualified LGBTQ foster and adoptive parents is in the best interest of children.

ACAF 2019 Report: Celebrating Everyday Change-Makers in Child Welfare

On June 26th, the All Children - All Families team released our first-of-its-kind report highlighting more than 70 child welfare agencies across the country that partnered with us to improve the services they provide to LGBTQ youth and parents. These organizations serve more than 350,000 clients annually in 23 states, and employ nearly 11,000 individuals. 

The agencies featured conducted an internal self-assessment, provided professional development to staff and implemented ACAF’s Benchmarks of LGBTQ Inclusion, which track policy and practice changes within agencies.

The report features agencies in three Tiers of Recognition, which celebrate the strides agencies have made toward becoming fully LGBTQ welcoming and affirming.

Download the full report for powerful profiles of child welfare organizations and the LGBTQ youth and clients they serve.

Celebrating in Orlando

We released the report at an event in Orlando, FL in partnership with Children’s Home Society of Florida. Thank you to the CHS team for the warm welcome and to Representative Carlos Guillermo Smith (FL District 49) for joining us on the special day. Check out more pictures from the event and see how organizations across the country took to Twitter to celebrate here.

Pictured above, from left: HRC’s Ellen Kahn, CHS’s Rene Ledford, ACAF Director Alison Delpercio, CHS’s Garry Bevel, ACAF Senior Manager J.P. Regis, CHS’s Andry Sweet & Florida State Representative Carlos Guillermo Smith (District 49).

New ACAF Video: Supporting LGBTQ Youth & Parents in Child Welfare

This week we also released a new video about All Children - All Families in partnership with our friends at Prince George’s County (Md.) Department of Social Services. The video features the agency’s director, Gloria Brown Burnett, in addition to Nakiya Lynch (a local leader with lived experience in out-of-home care in the county) and Allan and Waverly Holden (foster parents in the county). Watch and share on YouTube, Twitter and Facebook!

Secure Your Agency’s Spot in the
ACAF 2020 Report Today

Want to partner with ACAF in this important work and see your agency listed in the 2020 report? Complete this participation request form to enroll!

Learn More at NACAC 2019 Conference Next Month

ACAF Senior Manager J.P. Regis will be exhibiting and presenting at the upcoming North American Council on Adoptable Children 2019 Conference in Las Vegas, July 18-20. Stop by our exhibit table and come to our session, “Building Organizational Capacity for LGBTQ Inclusive Practice,” on Friday, July 19, 2019, at 3:30 pm to learn more about the report and how you can enroll your agency for 2020.

Thank you for reading! Did you know today marks the 50 year anniversary of the Stonewall Riots? Learn more about this seminal moment in the movement for LGBTQ rights.
ACAF Project Updates

The ACAF 2019 Report is officially here!

ACAF in the Field
NACAC Conference
July 18-20
Las Vegas, NV

Resource Spotlight
This ACAF map helps you locate organizations recognized at the Solid and Innovative Tiers of Recognition for 2019.

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