December 2013Vol. 14, No. 9Improving LGBT Youth Outcomes
The American Institute for Research created a tool to help organizations identify action steps to improve services and supports for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) children/youth and their families. The tool suggests agencies first reflect on their strengths and supports, in addition to the challenges and needs that LGBT youth and their families experience in the organization and/or community. The tool also includes a table organized around 10 best practice standards of care that provide a framework for improving outcomes and the well-being of LGBT children and youth. The table was adapted from the book Improving Emotional and Behavioral Outcomes for LGBT Youth: A Guide for Professionals, by Sylvia Fisher, Jeffrey Poirier, and Gary Blau.
Improving Emotional and Behavioral Outcomes for LGBT Children/Youth: A Strategic Planning Tool is available through the American Institutes for Research: