CWLA Best Practice Guidelines: Serving LGBT Youth in Out-of-Home Care

CWLA bestpracticeslgbtyouth A set of comprehensive guidelines, published by the Child Welfare League of America, that articulate the constitutional and statutory obligations of public systems serving LGBT youth in out-of-home care in both child welfare and juvenile justice forums. The guidelines address the systematic shortcomings of the juvenile justice system in meeting the needs of LGBT youth, and attempt to provide insight into the unique challenges confronting LGBT youths in out-of-home facilities. The eight topical areas covered in the guidelines cover a range of LGBT youth issues, the ways in which these issues may affect the attorney-client relationship, and the steps that can be taken by individuals to ensure that LGBT youths in institutional settings are afforded proper care and treatment.