Connecting: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression Training for Caregivers and Kinship Providers (eLearning)

This training is for licensed and unlicensed caregivers and relative / kinship providers to support LGTBQ+ youth in their care.

Research shows that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning and two spirit (LGBTQ+) youth are overrepresented in the foster care system. LGBTQ+ youth in out of home care face additional challenges such as discrimination, stigma and bullying. LGBTQ+ children/youth feel unsafe and face rejection from their families, schools and community. Many times, LGBTQ+ youth do not have access to appropriate health care and mental health resources.

This eLearning course was developed from Connecting, a prevention-focused program specifically for foster parents and relative caregivers, and teens in out of home care. Connecting was created using input and advice from social workers, caregivers, and LGBTQ+ foster youth.

This eLearning will provide caregivers an overview of the:

  • Myths and stereotypes about LGBTQ+ children/youth and will provide facts and realities;
  • Fundamental facts and terms about LGBTQ+ children/youth;
  • Provide opportunities for activities for caregivers and children/youth;
  • Address safety issues and develop plans for children/youth safety; and
  • Learn how to promote the health, safety and well-being of the children/youth in care. 

This eLearning will allow the caregiver to complete activities on their own as well as together with the LGBTQ+ children/youth in their care.

Delivery Method: 
Training Level: 
Social Workers
Course Requires Coaching Session?: 
Registration Instructions: 


  1. Click on the blue "Go to eLearning" button below
  2. When the course page appears, click on the "Launch" button

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DCYF Alliance Connecting: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity & Expression (SOGIE)

Tribal Workers, CWTAP Students, and new DCYF hires who don't have LMS access: Please register using this form

Maestro Course Code: 110623