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Friday, July 25 • 9:30am - 10:55am
Improving Child Welfare Services for Gender-Expansive Children, Youth and Families

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A prevalence of gender-expansive children and youth involved with child welfare systems is one of the sobering realities of a binary gender system. A combination of family misunderstanding, school push-out, and social isolation, along with ensuing mental health challenges results in a familiar pathway for these vulnerable young people. The presenters will provide an overview of efforts to support gender-expansive children and youth and their families in the child welfare system. Presenters and participants will discuss their experiences with the system and its partners, as well as local policy and practice. The dialogue will inform local, state and national system reform efforts.


Bill Bettencourt

Bill Bettencourt, MA is Senior Associate, Center for the Study of Social Policy.  He leads the get R.E.A.L initiative – to improve healthy sexual and identity development for children and youth involved in the child welfare system. Bill has 40 years of experience working in the social services field, including 26 years at the City and County of San Francisco, the last four as the Director of Child Welfare. He has led efforts in... Read More →

Jill Jacobs MS

Jill Jacobs MS brings over 30 years of experience in multi-cultural community based health and social services organizations. She has a Masters degree in Health Services Administration. She has been the Executive Director of Family Builders since 1996. Jill is a national leader and advocate on issues affecting LGBT adoptive families and LGBTQ youth in foster care. Jill has created innovative programs to meet the needs of underserved and... Read More →
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Shannan Wilber, Esq

Youth Policy Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights
Shannan Wilber, Esq. joined the National Center for Lesbian Rights in 2013 to direct the Youth Project, bringing over 25 years of experience advocating for vulnerable children and youth. She represented individual children at Legal Advocates for Children and Youth, engaged in policy advocacy and impact litigation to reform child welfare and juvenile justice systems at the Youth Law Center, and served as the Executive Director of Legal Services... Read More →

Friday July 25, 2014 9:30am - 10:55am
Soda Center – Claey's Lounge St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

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