The LGBTQ Office was established in September of 2012 and is composed of a team of leading experts who support the system-wide implementation of the agency’s LGBTQ policies and best practices. This Office has developed a national LGBTQ policy and practice model, which has resulted in critical service delivery improvements for LGBTQ stakeholders.
Specifically, this model included developing one of the nation’s most progressive LGBTQ policies, designing model training curricula for thousands of ACS and provider staff, implementing a reporting and monitoring system to identify policy gaps, engaging community stakeholders for ongoing feedback, and offering a wealth of resources to equip staff with the necessary skills to address the specific needs of LGBTQ children and youth.
Since 2001, ACS has welcomed feedback from external community leaders and organizations on strategies to improve the overall health and well-being of the LGBTQ young people in ACS’ care. Since that time, the LGBTQ Office continues to chair an advisory council with community advocates to help envision and build a world where LGBTQ children and youth in ACS care are respected, affirmed, and empowered to transition into healthy, happy, and independent adults.
If you are a community leader or organization interested in getting involved in this effort, contact the LGBTQ Office.