The Family Acceptance Project™ (FAP) is the only research, intervention, education and policy initiative that works to decrease health and related risks for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth, such as suicide, substance abuse, HIV and homelessness – in the context of their families. The FAP use a research-based, culturally grounded approach to help ethnically, socially and religiously diverse families to decrease rejection and increase support for their LGBT children.
The Family Acceptance Project™ team is putting research into practice by developing the first evidence-based family model of wellness, prevention and care to strengthen families and promote positive development and healthy futures for LGBT children and youth. They provide training and consultation on their family-based prevention and intervention approach across the U.S. and in other countries.
I have had the pleasure of meeting the inspiration behind the project, Caitlin Ryan. Caitlin fits the mold for what it means to be a passionate advocate and tried and true Children's Mental Health Network faithful. Her spirit and commitment to making a difference for LGBT youth is obvious when you meet her and only grows when you hear her speak about her close to 40 years of tireless advocacy around LGBT health and mental health issues. In this season of giving, take a look at the work she and her organization are doing. You will be impressed and hopefully inspired to help them along on their journey.
Visit the Family Acceptance Project™ and get inspired!