October 16, 2019

New eLearning explores gender identity in youths

In its ongoing work to develop curricula that supports a wide variety of child welfare topics, the Alliance has just launched the eLearning “Connecting: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity & Expression (SOGIE) Training for Caregivers and Kinship Providers.”

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.

Access this eLearning and other courses in our catalog here.