The National Quality Improvement Center on Tailored Services, Placement Stability, and Permanency for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Two-Spirit Children and Youth in Foster Care (QIC-LGBTQ2S)
Building knowledge to improve outcomes for LGBTQ2S youth in foster care.
Children and youth with diverse Sexual Orientations, Gender Identities and Expression (SOGIE) are disproportionately more likely than their heterosexual and cisgender peers to experience greater health challenges, enter into the child welfare system, have more placements in both foster homes and group homes, experience homelessness, and have lower rates of reunification with their families of origin.
Common misconceptions among the child welfare workforce about children and youth with diverse SOGIE may contribute to a lack of culturally responsive supports and services. See the QIC-LGBTQ2S Literature Review for more information.
The Institute for Innovation and Implementation, at the University of Maryland School of Social Work (The Institute), has collaborated with The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families’ Children’s Bureau to establish a National QIC on Tailored Services, Placement Stability, and Permanency for LGBTQ2S Children and Youth in Foster Care.
The QIC-LGBTQ2S has chosen four Local Implementation Sites that will work to develop, integrate, and sustain best practices and programs that improve outcomes for youth in foster care with diverse sexual orientations and gender identities and expression (SOGIE).