Caregiver AFFIRM

AFFIRM is a group based support for caregivers to help build an action plan and key skills to better support LGBTQ+ youth in their care. Built utilizing CBT, AFFIRM helps participants understand how we can all take our next best steps to support LGBTQ+ youth, regardless of our starting point.

Currently, AFFIRM is offered virtually to any caregiver. This includes: parents, foster parents, kinship (grandparents, relatives, coaches, etc.) or other natural supports who could benefit from learning how to increase affirming actions we can take to uplift LGBTQ+ youth. Our virtual series is held over four sessions via zoom. Each session runs two hours, and is FREE! If you have questions or would like additional information, reach out to:

Registration is currently open for July 2023 through December 2023. Sign up here:

Learn more about AFFIRM here:

To register, please complete this form:

If you’re not sure if AFFIRM is right for you, reach out for one-to-one support, or check out our calendar of events for our recurring groups. During these caregiver only discussions, we’ll check in with you to see how you’re doing, provide information on resources available, and answer any questions you might have.

Part of this project is supported by funding from the National Quality Improvement Center for Tailored Services, Placement Stability, and Permenancy for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Two-Spirit children and youth in Foster Care. Hugh Lane Wellness Foundation supports this project in collaboration with the Allegheny County Department of Human Services.

The National Quality Improvement Center on Tailored Services, Placement Stability and Permanency for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Two-Spirit Children and Youth in Foster Care (QIC-LGBTQ2S) is funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children, Youth and Families, Children’s Bureau, grant #90CW1145. The contents of this publication do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the funders, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This information is in the public domain. Readers are encouraged to copy and share it.


Youth & Families

Programs including Big Sibs mentoring, student LGBTQ+ groups, caretaker workshops and trainings, online QChats and Discord server, social activities, behavioral health groups.

Community Services ↗

Programs including Legal Aid, Hugh’s Kitchen food and hygiene supplies, support groups, Case Management, Community Advisory Boards, Wellness Programming.

Training ↗

Comprehensive gender and sexuality training services to serve LGBTQIA+ clients and staff for medical and behavioral health providers, child welfare, human services, educators, and corporations.