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SCDJJ's | LGBT Youth in Foster Care, Placement, and Homelessness...with a Law Enforcement Twist

Friday, August 28th, 2015 - 9:30am to 1:00pm

According to the National Coalition for the Homeless, LGBT youth face a particular set of challenges, both in becoming homeless and being more likely to be placed in foster care.  This training will identify the impact of social stigma, discrimination, and often rejection by their families which adds to the physical and mental strains and challenges which all homelessness/displaced youth must struggle with from a clinical and law enforcement perspective.  LGBT individuals experiencing homelessness/displacement are often at a heightened risk of violence, abuse, and exploitation compared with their heterosexual peers. Transgender people are particularly at physical risk due to a lack of acceptance and are often turned away from shelters and in some cases signs have been posted barring their entrance. Participants will learn how to access appropriateness of placements and how to create shelters that accept and respect LGBT youth.

Presented by Dottie and Breck Cronise, Richland Sheriff’s Department and LGBT Liaisons,  and  “Alex” Karydi, Ph.D. in Clinical Sexology, CSAC, DJJ LGBTQI youth coordinator.

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DJJ Community Connection Center
4900 Broad River Road
Columbia, SC 29212