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​​LGBTQ+ Responsive URM Programs and Services​

Hosted on ​Tuesday, July 9, 2024, the training was delivered by Claire Hopkins, Switchboard’s Training Officer for Child and Family Services. For unaccompanied refugee minors (URMs), identifying as a member of the LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning) community adds layers of complexity to their experiences, often intensifying feelings of isolation and vulnerability.

LGBTQ+ URMs often encounter compounded discrimination and are disproportionately affected by violence, homelessness, and lack of access to essential services. Considering the unique challenges these individuals face, it is crucial to prioritize support within this community to create safe and affirming environments for youth to thrive. This webinar is designed to equip URM service providers with the knowledge and tools needed to effectively address these disparities. By focusing on actionable strategies for fostering inclusivity, implementing LGBTQ+ affirming placements, and offering client-centered guidance and resources, participants will be empowered to play a pivotal role in creating safer and more supportive environments for all LGBTQ+ URM clients.

After participating in this ​75-minute​ session, you will be able to:
​​- Identify the unique risks and challenges to LGBTQ+ individuals, focusing on unaccompanied refugee minors (URMs)
​- Develop strategies to foster inclusivity, address biases, and enforce anti-discrimination policies to create a safe and affirming environment for LGBTQ+ URMs in organizations and service delivery ​
– Use approaches that provide LGBTQ+ friendly placements, including staff and foster parent training, recruitment, and retention
​- Apply actionable steps to ensure safe, supportive environments for LGBTQ+ URMs in your service delivery​