New York, NY (PRWEB) October 10, 2013
Spence-Chapin, the Human Rights Campaign and the Downs Group LLC are co-sponsoring the full All Children – All Families training in New York City, October 15-17.
The All Children – All Families (ACAF) initiative seeks to enhance LGBT cultural competence among child welfare professionals and educate LGBT people about opportunities to become foster or adoptive parents to waiting children.
The training component of the All Children – All Families initiative is Benchmark 5 in the 10 Benchmarks of LGBT Cultural Competency. When an agency has successfully completes all 10 Benchmarks, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation may award that agency its Seal of Recognition.
“Spence-Chapin is committed to diversity and we feel every family has the right to welcome a child into their home,“ says Emily Forhman, Executive Director of Spence-Chapin. Spence-Chapin has a proud history of building families with partnered same-sex couples and LGBT singles. Individuals and couples who identify y as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) are valuable resources for the many children who are waiting for a family to call their own. Every year, the number of LGBT families working with Spence-Chapin continues to grow; the organization is fully committed to equality in adoption.
For over 100 years, Spence-Chapin has been the leader in adoption in the New York, New Jersey and across the USA finding homes for more than 20,000 children. Spence-Chapin also supports families with a variety of services including counseling, support groups, workshops and mentorships.