Understanding the Youth Acceptance Project with Vida Khavar
This learning session will discuss the Youth Acceptance Project (YAP) which works with the families and caregivers of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning(LGBTQ) and gender-expansive children and youth in foster care. The intervention serves as a family preservation and family reunification tool, assisting families who are struggling with the sexual orientation and/or gender identity/expression of their child.
The intervention is based on research that documents the impact and harm that families can create when they are not accepting of their child. The result of the Youth Acceptance Project is families that become accepting and affirming of their children. The intervention reduces the time that children spend in foster care and reunites children with their families. This intervention is the only currently manualized model.
· Learn why the Youth Acceptance (YAP) is needed
· Learn about the Youth Acceptance Project theory of change and how it differs from other interventions
· Understand how the Youth Acceptance Project assists families who struggle with their child’s SOGIE
· Learn how to access YAP services directly or receive training to provide the YAP model
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