Lighthouse Honored as Beacon of Inclusion

Lighthouse Honored as Beacon of Inclusion

DECEMBER 14, 2023 — Lighthouse Youth & Family Services is proud to be honored again as an Innovator in LGBTQ Inclusion, the highest tier of recognition by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s All Children-All Families project!

At the Innovative Inclusive level, agencies are pushing themselves beyond the solid foundation they have built and implementing innovative approaches to LGBTQ+ inclusion in each of the seven key policy and practice areas. Benchmarks at this level also require agencies to demonstrate leadership in areas like policy advocacy or organizational partnerships.

  1. Non-discrimination
  2. Staff Training
  3. Rolling Out the Welcome Mat
  4. Parent/Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)/Exchange Best Practices
  5. Youth Best Practices
  6. Sustainability & Capacity Building
  7. Leadership & Innovation

“Providing children and families with the most inclusive environment in which to grow should always be the number one priority,” said Phii Regis, Director of HRC’s All Children – All Families Program. “We are grateful for Lighthouse’s work as part of this partnership — together, we can win the fight for equality and build safe and loving communities at the same time.”

HRC Foundation’s All Children – All Families provides educational resources, training, and technical assistance on LGBTQ+ inclusion for child welfare systems. Since 2007, ACAF has been the go-to resource for agencies looking to truly welcome and affirm LGBTQ+ prospective parents and transform their service delivery for LGBTQ+ youth in out-of-home care.

Click here to read the All Children-All Families report. Lighthouse is featured on pages 18 and 19.