State & Local Programs

All Children - All Families


All Children All Families LogoLesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth are in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems in disproportionate numbers. Like all young people in care, they have the right to be safe and protected. All too often, however, they face intolerance, lack of safety and barriers to permanency. All Children – All Families (ACAF) is a resource now available to CASA/GAL programs to help them learn how to support LGBT youth and work towards better outcomes for this population.


The ACAF initiative enhances LGBT cultural competence among child welfare and child service professionals and educates LGBT people about opportunities to become foster or adoptive parents for waiting children.

What can ACAF offer a CASA program?


ACAF offers confidential self-assessment and highly effective training designed to raise LGBT cultural competence and volunteer opportunities at local and state CASA programs. CASA agency staff will receive free, confidential technical assistance from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Family Project to evaluate and update existing policies. The Downs Group LLC has team of certified trainers that offer expert ACAF training to agencies needing training. CASA programs that achieve HRC’s 10 benchmarks of excellence as part of this process receive the ACAF National Seal of Recognition. 

Downs Group LogoLearn more about ACAF training at the Downs Group website.





All Children - All Families Resources


  • Promising Practices Guide: A comprehensive, practical tool that outlines best practices for welcoming all prospective adoptive parents, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation
  • Agency Self-Assessment: An online assessment of agency policies and practices focusing on LGBT inclusion
  • Agency Staff Attitudes Survey: An online survey for agency staff, assessing their general level of skills, knowledge and comfort in working directly with the LGBT community
  • Training Curriculum: A five-part training program that can be customized for the needs of individual agencies 
  • Podcast with Tracy Flynn, consultant with the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, talking about All-Families



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