Resources For Out Of Home Care

Below you will find  series of resources hand selected and approved by Odyssey Youth Center for Youth workers in shelters, youth centers, and other out of home care scenarios. If you have questions about any of the resources, please feel free to contact us.

LGBT Best Practices

LGBTQ Youth Tools and Best Practices

LGBTQ Youth Tools and Best Practices

This tool kit offers practical tips and information to ensure that LGBTQ young people in care receive the support and services they deserve.

LGBTQ Youth in Out of Home Care

LGBTQ Youth in Out of Home Care

The best practice guidelines contained in this volume provide direction to agencies responsible for the care of LGBT youth in out-of-home care.

Managing LGBTQ Youth Information

Managing LGBTQ Youth Information

This publication provides guidelines for the management of information related to sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.

LGBTQ Homeless Youth Best Practices

LGBTQ Homeless Youth Best Practices

Agencies can use this document to evaluate how well they are currently meeting the needs of LGBT homeless youth or as a starting point for creating a broader action plan for new initiatives.

Helping Families to Help LGBTQ Kids

Helping Families to Help LGBTQ Kids

This resource guide helps practitioners to understand the critical role of family acceptance and rejection in contributing to the health and well-being of adolescents who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender.

An Epidemic of LGBTQ Homelessness

An Epidemic of LGBTQ Homelessness

Through a comprehensive review of the available academic research and professional literature, this report answers some basic questions, including why so many LGBT youth are becoming and remaining homeless and some policy recommendations that can help to curb this epidemic.

A Guide for Foster Parents

A Guide for Foster Parents

In this factsheet you will learn about the important role foster parents can play in reducing risks LGBTQ face in care. You will discover specific actions that you can take to create a welcoming home for all youth in your care.

Trans Best Practices

Group Facilities Serving Trans Youth

Group Facilities Serving Trans Youth

This guide provides practical, workable approaches to improve the delivery of services to transgender and gender nonconforming youth in group care facilities and meet facilities’ legal obligations to ensure safety for all youth.

A Guide for Transgender Allies

A Guide for Transgender Allies

This guide from the Transgender Law Center provides information to transgender people, activists, and allies about creating bathroom safety, including tips on how to address harassment, ideas for getting good bathroom policies passed, and an outline for doing a bathroom safety campaign.

Research

Out of the Margins

Out of the Margins

A Report on Regional Listening Forums Highlighting the Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Youth in Care

Criminalization of LGBTQ Youth

Criminalization of LGBTQ Youth

This research brief provides an overview of the experiences of LGBTQ youth in the juvenile justice system.

Serving Our Youth

Serving Our Youth

Findings from a national survey of service providers working with LGBT Youth who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

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