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The Family Acceptance Project [downloadable]

The Family Acceptance Project® (FAP) is a research, intervention, education and policy initiative that works to prevent health and mental health risks for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) children and youth, including suicide, homelessness and HIV – in the context of their families, cultures and faith communities. FAP uses a research-based, culturally grounded approach to help ethnically, socially and religiously diverse families to support their LGBT children.

Directed by Dr. Caitlin Ryan at the Marian Wright Edelman Institute at San Francisco State University, FAP includes the first comprehensive study of LGBT youth and their families.

The Need

Although there is an increasing amount of information about the risks and challenges facing lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) youth with growing information about transgender youth, we know far less about their strengths and resiliency, including the strengths of families in supporting their children’s health and well-being.

The FAP overview states that the project was designed to:

  1. Study parents’, families’ and caregivers’ reactions and adjustment to an adolescent’s coming out and LGBT identity.
  2. Develop training and assessment materials for health, mental health, and school-based providers, child welfare, juvenile justice, family service workers, clergy and religious leaders on helping diverse families learn to support their LGBT children.
  3. Develop resources to strengthen families to support LGBT children and adolescents.
  4. Develop a new model of family-related care to prevent health and mental health risks, keep families together and promote permanency and well-being for LGBT children and adolescents. Findings are being used to inform policy and practice and to change the way that systems of care address the needs of LGBT children and adolescents.

FAP continues to release publications and resources to make their findings, family intervention strategies and research-based practice information widely available for use in primary care, mental health, family services, schools, child welfare, juvenile justice, and homeless services and congregations to build healthy futures for LGBT children and adolescents in the context of their families, cultures and faith communities.

Family Education Information

FAP publishes information from their research on how families can help support their lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) children. Download  the free Supportive Families, Healthy Children guide—also available in Spanish and in Chinese.

Have questions? CHC can help. To schedule an evaluation or to get advice, call or email a CHC Care Coordinator at 650.688.3625 or careteam@chconline.org

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