The data collection and analysis used in the IA attempts to uncover the experience of individuals as they encounter institutions and provide an understanding of how the institutions are organized to act in certain ways and recognizes that sometimes these ways are not aligned with their desired outcomes. The IA is grounded in the viewpoint of family members—children, fathers, mothers, and other primary caregivers.
Allegheny County DHS leadership committed at the very beginning of this project to transparency and in sharing their journey more broadly with the field. This IA report is one piece of information about their journey. The County itself published accounts of their efforts to affirm and support LGBTQ+ children, youth, and families. The University of Houston, Graduate College of Social Work, has evaluated the implementation of the Guidelines and will also be publishing information about the effectiveness and impact of implementing the Guidelines. We are grateful for Allegheny County DHS leadership’s commitment to taking the bold steps to implement the Guidelines and to share their lessons learned with the field.
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