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Only Human: Caring for and Working with LGBTQ Identified Individuals (Virtual)
Thursday, June 13, 2024, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM CDT
Category: Training

flagThe training discusses appropriate current terminology to use and which words to avoid, places sexual orientation and gender identity in the child/adolescent development span, addresses disclosure and documentation of identity, and how to recognize when an identity is driving a family crisis that may result in removal or delay reunification.  It also addresses how to affirmatively care for LGBTQ identified youth in foster homes or in congregate care settings. 

  • Learn appropriate terminology and what language to avoid
  • Know where sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression (SOGIE) fits in developmentally
  • Observe and understand the guidelines for disclosure
  • Learn specific behaviors displayed by families of acceptance/rejection and the correlated outcomes for youth
  • Become aware of additional support resources to continue learning

Kai McGee has been in Iowa since 2009 and is the parent of twins who are 9 years old.  Kai has worked with children and families in various capacities for 26 years in two states.  In addition to serving as a foster parent in Iowa for 5 years, Kai worked exclusively in the field of foster care and adoption for Four Oaks from 2011 until 2020.  Additionally, Kai served as a reserve police officer in her home community for three years. Kai is the founder and president of the statewide advocacy coalition AFFIRM, has provided countless hours of community education and advocacy regarding the well-being of LGBTQ identified children and youth in out-of-home care settings, and is a champion for cultural equity for persons of all identities 


Registration will begin at 8:30 AM. Training will start promptly at 9:00 AM. This training is scheduled until 12pm.

Please note: Priority seating is provided to staff working within one of the current DHS child welfare service contracts, including: Family Centered Services (FCS); Qualified Residential Treatment Program (QRTP) / Group Foster Care; Child Welfare Emergency Services (CWES): Aftercare Services; Supervised Apartment Living (SAL); Recruitment, Retention, Training and Support Services (RRTS); Parent Partners; Foster Care Youth Council. If you do not work within one of the current DHS child welfare services contract, you may be bumped from the course and placed on a wait list.

At each training, participants will receive a certificate of completion based on the hours attended. For more information, please click here.

If you have questions regarding seating for the training or if you are unable to participate for any reason, please contact us at [email protected]


Contact: For more information contact us at [email protected]