Steps 2 Connect

Steps 2 Connect is a support for caregivers and families who may be struggling with a young persons gender and/or sexuality. A family support specialist with lived experience and social worker team together to provide in-home services for caregivers who are involved with child welfare in Allegheny County. S2C helps to move families toward improving relationships with LGBTQIA+ youth.

To request support, make a referral or for additional information, please contact: Sarah Rosso – or (412)973-5053

Part of this project is supported by funding from the National Quality Improvement Center for Tailored Services, Placement Stability, and Permanency 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.

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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.