As awareness has grown concerning the need to consider sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in order to provide appropriate treatment and services to juvenile justice system-involved youth, many jurisdictions have adopted policies with respect to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth and their families. This practice guide offers instruction for convening a juvenile justice LGBTQ task force charged with developing such policies and/or establishing community relationships that result in LGBTQ youth and family access to supportive resources.

As awareness has grown concerning the need to consider sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in order to provide appropriate treatment and services to juvenile justice system-involved youth, many jurisdictions have adopted policies with respect to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth and their families. This practice guide offers instruction for convening a juvenile justice LGBTQ task force charged with developing such policies and/or establishing community relationships that result in LGBTQ youth and family access to supportive resources. This is the first in NCCD’s series of practice guides and reports regarding LGBTQ youth in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. The entire series will be posted here.