The Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Project at the University at Albany,
School of Social Welfare
A Family is a Family: LGBTQ Foster Care and Adoption Issues
Wednesday, February 9, 4-6 PM
HS106A – Husted Hall Amphitheatre, Downtown Campus, SUNY Albany
This workshop will explore the fostering and adoption of LGBTQ youth as well as the unique role that LGBTQ individuals and couples play in creating families through adoption.
LGBTQ youth are increasingly visible in our families, communities and systems of care. Many of these youth are in the custody of child welfare or juvenile justice agencies. This workshop will review the Child Welfare Best Practice Guidelines in serving LGBTQ Youth in out of home care. We will discuss the success we have at Parsons Child and Family Center’s, Foster Care and Adoption Program, incorporating appropriate supports for this population and their families throughout the range of services we provide.
We will also review the public foster care and adoption process, focusing on building LGBTQ families through adoption. The goal will be to provide the participants with necessary background information and resources to use when working with LGBTQ individuals and couples considering adoption or engaging in the adoption process.
Damarise Alexander-Mann is the Director of Foster Care and Adoption at Parsons Child and Family Center in Albany, New York. She is a graduate of the School of Social Welfare at the University at Albany and her practice experience as a social worker and administrator in child welfare and education frames her interest in public policy for children and families. Parsons Child and Family Center is the largest multi-services agency in New York’s Capital Region dedicated to helping families and their children. Parsons holds to the belief that every child needs a stable living arrangement and should have the opportunity to learn and grow in a loving, caring environment.
Workshop is Free and held at Husted Hall Amphitheatre, Downtown Campus
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 462.6138 (extension 12) to register.