Founded in 1973, PFLAG is the first and largest organization dedicated to supporting, educating, and advocating for LGBTQ+ people and their families. PFLAG’s network of hundreds of chapters and more than 250,000 members and supporters works to create a caring, just, and affirming world for LGBTQ+ people and those who love them.
Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth in Foster Care and Juvenile Courts
Track: Lead by Example
Workshop Block 2 – Saturday, October 26 – 1:45 PM – 3:15 PM
Room: Big Joe Turner A
How can we improve our child welfare (foster care), juvenile justice, and related systems of care for LGBTQ+ youth? This workshop addresses this question by reflecting on the lessons learned from the pilot implementation of the Protocol for Safe & Affirming Care—a guide for systems professionals and caregivers on how to better support LGBTQ+ youth. We will learn about the development of the Protocol and its implementation, reflect on lessons learned from the pilot implementation of the Protocol, explore the importance behind discussing sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression (SOGIE) with systems-involved youth, and interactively strategize around building safer and more affirming systems. Together we’ll explore how PFLAG members can better support this all-too-often marginalized and underserved population.
Nicholas Oakley, Center for Children & Youth Justice
Nicholas Oakley, Esq., is Senior Programs Manager/Policy Counsel at the Center for Children & Youth Justice, where he oversees initiatives on behalf of commercially sexually exploited children and LGBTQ+ youth. Nicholas’ work is based on close partnerships with the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. He convenes both leaders and front line workers from these sectors to develop reform proposals to policy and practice, coordinates the pilot implementation of the reforms, and advocates for widespread adoption of the reforms once they have been evaluated. Prior to joining the Center, Nicholas represented youth and families in juvenile offender, dependency, education, domestic, and criminal matters. He also served as a lecturer in the University of Washington School of Law Child and Youth Advocacy Clinic. Nicholas holds a JD from the University of Washington School of Law and served in the Peace Corps in the Republic of Georgia.