The Human Rights Campaign Recognizes Hathaway-Sycamores for LGBTQ Inclusivity

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Hathaway-Sycamores Earns the Human Rights Campaign’s Recognition for LGBTQ Inclusivity
Hathaway-Sycamores has been recognized by the Human Rights Campaign for the strides we have made toward becoming fully “LGBTQ welcoming and affirming”.

Over the past year, a committee of dedicated Hathaway-Sycamores staff members worked across the agency to conduct an internal self-assessment, provide professional development to staff and implement ACAF’s “Benchmarks of LGBTQ Inclusion” which track policy and practice changes within agencies. The Human Rights Campaign assessed our efforts and awarded us with its “Solid Foundation for Inclusion” tier of recognition.

Organizations that achieve the Solid Tier receive the “You Are Welcome Here” Seal of Recognition. To qualify, our agency implemented the essential elements of LGBTQ inclusion in policies and affirming practices. Benchmarks go beyond basic non-discrimination protections to the policies and practices necessary to actively “roll out the welcome mat” to the LGBTQ community. We assessed our practices specific to youth and parents to ensure LGBTQ inclusion and acted to make these efforts sustainable for the long-term.

This June, Hathaway-Sycamores was featured in the Human Rights Campaign’s Celebrating Everyday Change-Makers in Child Welfare — a first-of-its-kind report highlighting the more than 70 child welfare agencies across the country that partnered with the HRC Foundation’s All Children – All Families (ACAF) project to improve the services they provide to the LGBTQ community, including children in foster care and prospective foster and adoptive parents. Combined, these organizations serve more than 350,000 clients annually in 23 states, and employ nearly 11,000.

According to the Human Rights Campaign, LGBTQ youth are overrepresented in foster care and face increased risk of both negative experiences and outcomes:

  • Up to 30% of youth in foster care are LGBTQ;
  • LGBTQ youth are twice as likely to report being treated poorly as their non-LGBTQ peers while in care;
  • LGBTQ youth have a greater average number of placements than their non-LGBTQ peers;
  • LGBTQ youth are more likely than their non-LGBTQ peers to be placed in congregate care, including group homes.

Since 2007, hundreds of child welfare agencies across the U.S. have used ACAF’s resources to enhance their efforts to achieve safety, permanency and well-being for LGBTQ youth and families. This new effort marks a major step toward improving the services provided to LGBTQ youth and prospective parents. We are so proud to be a part of this movement.

Read the full report Celebrating Everyday Change-Makers in Child Welfare.

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