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September/October 2015Vol. 16, No. 7Transgender Youth in Child Welfare

As part of its Best Practice Resources web section, the National Center for Child Welfare Excellence at the Silberman School of Social Work (NCCWE) posted an information packet titled Transgender Youth in Child Welfare Settings. The packet provides professionals with an overview of information and tips for supporting transgender youth, including:

  • An introduction providing answers to questions such as, "What does transgender mean?" and, "What issues do transgender youth face in the child welfare system?"
  • A factsheet providing insights and statistical information on transgender and gender nonconforming youth in child welfare settings
  • Related State and Federal policies and legislation, with specific protection examples at both State and agency levels
  • Best practice tips supporting safe, inclusive, and discrimination-free environments, including information on education, placements, gender-segregated spaces, privacy, language use, and what to avoid
  • Web-based and related resources to supplement additional needs

The Transgender Youth in Child Welfare Settings information packet, by Priya Sikerwar and Erin Rider, is available on the NCCWE website at (521 KB).