The quality of care provided to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning
(“LGBTQ”) youth and their families within child welfare systems in large part hinges on
how well prepared social workers and other child welfare professionals are to address
LGBTQ issues. Schools of social work are the training grounds for future child welfare
practitioners. It is the obligation of these schools to ensure that the social workers
they train are equipped to work competently and compassionately with LGBTQ young
people. Schools of social work have a unique responsibility to fill the gaps in knowledge
and understanding on LGBTQ issues and thereby increase the capacity of child welfare
systems to support LGBTQ people

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