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COURSE : Gender Variance in Adoption & Fostering

How our online and in-person courses help you connect, assess and engage your LGBTQ+ clients

Puzzled by pronouns? Confused by the difference between sex and gender? Our gender variance course maps out the differences among gender identities and how they impact your work in adoption and fostering.

Participants will learn about the latest terminology and good practice. You'll also hear about the current legal situation and how it relates to assessing adopters and foster carers.

The additional privacy rights of trans people are also explained as is the role of the sensitive cases team at the Disclosure and Barring Service. 

Topics cover how to assess thoroughly and fairly and how to approach approval and matching. And develop your understanding of the impact of prejudice and stereotyping on gender variant people - specifically those who adopt or foster.

This course can be delivered focusing solely on adoption or fostering.

By the end of the course participants will :

  • Understand the sexual orientations lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, heteroflexible
  • Understand asexuality including aromantic, demisexual, ace and grey-sexual identities
  • Understand Queer as an identity
  • Understand the gender identities/expressions transgender, non-binary, intersex, cross-dresser
  • Understand the interplay between identity, behaviour and desire
  • Know basic LGBTQ+ history and how that affects LGBTQ+ adopters/foster carers today
  • Understand the Equality Act, Gender Recognition Act, relevant case law and how these apply to their work
  • Be aware of current research about the lived day-to-day experiences of LGBTQ+ people
  • Understand the impact of prejudice, stereotyping and heteronormative expectations on the LGBTQ+ community, specifically on LGBTQ+ adopters and foster carers
  • Understand why LGBTQ+ people are crucial for adoption and fostering, including an examination of all current research relating to LGBTQ+ adoption and fostering
  • Understand the outcomes for children placed in LGBTQ+ families
  • Have heard personal stories from LGBTQ+ adopters and foster carers
  • Know how to apply their learning to their role (this section covers recruitment, assessment, matching, panels, family finding and ongoing support)
  • Understand benefits of New Family Social membership and how they, and their LGBTQ+ adopters and foster carers, can use our services

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