Workshop Training for Youth in Care




Foster & Kinship Care Education

is proud to offer:

LQBTQ Youth in Care


Thursday, August 1, 2013 ~ 6:00 to 9:00 pm

Kings County Human Services Agency

Cedar Room

Hanford, CA


Presenter: Luann Baldwin, MSW

This workshop addresses the diverse lives of foster youth, and shares insight into how we can help youth of all backgrounds and preferences find happiness and acceptance with family and friends, as well as deal with issues of prejudice.   This class meets the training requirements specified in AB 1856 & AB 458 (Chapter 331, Statutes of 2003):

  • Assembly Bill 1856 (Chapter 639, Statutes of 2012) provides that Foster Children have the right to have caregivers who have received instruction on cultural competency and sensitivity relating to, and best practices for, providing adequate care to Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth in out-of-home care.
  • AB 458, the Foster Care Non-Discrimination Act, was signed into law on September 6, 2003 and went into effect on January 1, 2004. AB 458 prohibits discrimination in the California foster care system on the basis of actual or perceived race, ethnic group identification, ancestry, national origin, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, mental or physical disability, or HIV status. Because training is crucial to enable service providers to fulfill their responsibilities to provide safe and nondiscriminatory care, placement, and services to foster children, AB 458 also mandates initial and ongoing training for all group home administrators, foster parents, and department licensing personnel. This law is the first of its kind in the United States to explicitly include protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth and adults involved with the foster care system.

Luann is generously providing pizza & water for this training session,

so we need to get an accurate head count.   Please RSVP as soon as possible!!!


For more information, or to register for this FREE workshop, please contact Linda Paredez, Director, Foster & Kinship Care Education / Youth Empowerment Strategies for Success by phone at 737-4842 or by email at [email protected].

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