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There’s No Place Like Home –  Working with Families of LGBTQ2S+ Youth in Systems


Vida Khavar, MA, LMFT  

Judge Karen Braxton, 3rd Circuit Judicial Court of Michigan, Family Division – Juvenile Section 


Youth who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Two-Spirit (LGBTQ2S+) are disproportionately represented in the juvenile justice system and have unique needs and challenges, including discrimination and threats to their physical and emotional wellbeing. It is extremely important to understand how to strengthen protective factors for LGBTQ2S+ youth, particularly family connections. In this webinar, you will understand why supporting the families of LGBTQ2S+ youth is so important to ensure the wellbeing of their LGBTQ2S+ children. 

Learning Objectives 

Attendees will be able to: 

1. Identify the unique family dynamics of LGBTQ2S+ youth and their families 

2. Explain why it is so important to work with the families of LGBTQ2S+ youth 

3. Describe strategies that can be used to work with families of LGBTQ2S+ youth