March 2020 Edition
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Dear Readers,

We know you are trying to strike the difficult balance of keeping safe while also continuing to do your vital work during the COVID-19 global crisis. Our thoughts are with you, your families, your colleagues and your organizations. Thank you for all you are doing and please stay safe.

For this month’s Field Forward, the All Children - All Families team created a tip sheet with key considerations for serving your LGBTQ clients during this time. Yesterday I spent some time on Zoom discussing this tip sheet and the impact COVID-19 is having on child welfare with our friends at Prince George’s County Department of Social Services in Maryland. We recorded our conversation and I encourage you to listen. I hope you find comfort in the ways we are collectively working to do our best in this uncertain time.

Alison Delpercio
Director, All Children - All Families

COVID-19 & LGBTQ Clients: Key Considerations

During this global crisis, child welfare organizations across the country continue to provide essential services to children, youth and families. Social distancing requires new strategies for client engagement and creates new opportunities to ensure clients access services without encountering challenges related to their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. ACAF’s new tip sheet offers key areas to consider when working to mitigate these challenges through thoughtful action.

Issue Brief: COVID-19’s Impact on the LGBTQ Community

As COVID-19 sweeps the world, hundreds of thousands of people have contracted the virus, and every community has been affected. The LGBTQ community in the U.S. — along with many communities around the globe — will face unique challenges due to its economic and health care situations. HRC’s latest issue brief summarizes the ways in which COVID-19 could adversely affect the lives and livelihoods of the LGBTQ community at disproportionate rates.

Other COVID-19-Related Resources

CE Fees Waived for ACAF Core Webinars

ACAF’s three 90-minute “Core Curriculum” webinars are each eligible for 1.5 CEs from NASW. In light of our current economic uncertainties, we have waived the fee associated with obtaining these credits.To get free CEs, enter this code when asked for payment: HRCACAF0410. Explore webinars.

Join Us in April: LGBTQ Foster Care Alumni Panel

Please join us on April 22nd for a webinar featuring LGBTQ foster care alumni dedicated to creating change in the child welfare system. Panelists will share their stories and provide recommendations for youth-serving professionals on how to best support young people with diverse SOGIE. Thank you to our friends at FosterClub, the national network for youth in foster care, for their partnership in presenting this webinar.

ACAF Project Updates
The ACAF team is reviewing submissions and will be in touch soon!

Resource Spotlight
Check out this running thread for child welfare professionals re: COVID-19.
April Webinars

April Observances

4/10 - National Youth HIV and AIDS Awareness Day
4/17 - Day of Silence

4/18 - National Transgender HIV Testing Day
4/26 - Lesbian Visibility Day

Contact ACAF
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