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Upcoming Webinar

Webinar on Supporting LGBTQ Youth in Care

Homelessness, violence, rejection?these can be facts of life for many youth in care who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning (LGBTQ). As CASA/GAL staff, our role is to prepare volunteers to advocate for the best interest of our youth. But the role of “ally” is also critical when it comes to LGBTQ youth. As Dee Horne, volunteer for the Fulton County (Atlanta) CASA program and member of the National CASA Curriculum Advisory Committee, wrote in the October 2009 Update, “Understanding the role of sexual orientation in children is equally as important as understanding a child?s sense of self when it relates to race, gender and ethnicity.”

“Supporting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Youth in Care” is a topic that has been presented a number of times at National CASA conferences. CASA/GAL staff will now have the opportunity to experience parts of this great workshop as a webinar! Sioux Falls CASA Program Manager LaRae Oberloh will facilitate, having trained at our conferences as well as being a master trainer on issues related to LGBTQ youth in out-of-home care for the National Association of Social Workers. This webinar is for program staff who supervise volunteers who may work with LGBTQ youth or who would like more information on this subject.

After attending this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Articulate the experiences faced by LGBTQ youth in care.
  • Identify three ways you can be an effective ally for LGBTQ youth in care.
  • Identify three online resources that support LGBTQ youth in care.

Choose one of the following sessions:

Terene Bennett
Training Specialist

October 15, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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