March 2019 Edition 
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This month, we celebrated an important victory in Michigan but continued to fight against “license to discriminate” bills in other states. On the federal level, the Equality Act was reintroduced in Congress with unprecedented support. Read more below about what this legislation means for child welfare providers.
Victory in Michigan: State-Contracted Child Welfare Agencies Must Accept All Qualified Families

The state of Michigan now requires all state-contracted child welfare agencies to comply with non-discrimination law and accept all qualified families. The decision was made following a settlement in a case brought by two same-sex couples, represented by the ACLU of Michigan, who were turned away by child welfare agencies who objected to working with LGBTQ people. Learn more from ACLU of Michigan.

What The Equality Act Means for Child Welfare

On March 13th, the Equality Act was introduced in Congress. The Equality Act would provide clear, comprehensive non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people under our nation’s civil rights laws. To learn more, read HRC’s fact sheet on what the Equality Act Means for Child Welfare Providers.

March Observances: Opportunities to Reflect & Learn
Resource: Gender-Inclusive Puberty and Health Education

Gender Spectrum recently released a report on “Principles for Gender-Inclusive Puberty and Health Education,” which gives a framework for providing comprehensive and gender-inclusive Puberty and Health Education. Watch the accompanying webinar to learn how to put the principles to use. 
ACAF Project Updates
ACAF’s 2018 Webinar Series came to a close this week. You can still visit our Webinar Archive to watch any of our offerings on demand!  

ACAF in the Field
CWLA Conference
April 9-13
Washington, DC
AEA Conference
April 29-30
Orlando, FL
Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Summit
May 20-22
Columbus, OH
National Foster Parent Association
June 12-15
Anaheim, CA 

Resource Spotlight
HRC’s 2019 2019 Corporate Equality Index was just released yesterday! Check it out to see how America’s leading companies and law firms continue to advance workplace equality.

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