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Resources for Parents

How to Help Your Children Handle Racism
Summary: This article talks about how parents can help their students understand racism and violence and provides steps on how to address it when it comes up.


Talking to Non-POC Children about Racism
Summary: This handout specifically addresses how non-POC families can talk about race to their children. Given Plainfield are a predominantly caucasian area and school district this is important.


Preventing and Responding to Prejudice Book
Summary: This book talks about prejudice and breaks down by age how it can be discussed in a way each age can understand. It also comes with reflection questions and exercises as well. 


Addressing Microaggressions in the Classroom to Improve Learning Outcomes
Summary: This article talks about how addressing and resolving unintentional microaggressions can help alleviate the divisions between individuals, and inspire for people to become closer.

A PARENT'S GUIDE to Preventing and Responding to Prejudice A PARENT'S GUIDE to Preventing and Responding to Prejudice
A parent's guide to preventing and responding to prejudice
A Teaching tolerance Publication


Teaching Tolerance


The Sneetches and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss


Parent Resources
APA Healthy Communication about Race for Families


Anti-racism Resources for Parents
Child-Parent Institute Anti-Racism Resources for Parents


Talking to Young Children About Race and Racism
Talking with children about racism, collection of activities, conversation starters, and videos for parent-child discussions around race and racism.
Raising White Kids Podcast with Dr. Jennifer Harvey from Integrated Schools organization.
School resource for parents and educators around the BLM movement through the National Education Association (NEA)
Parent Guide to Black Lives Matter from the NEA


LGBTQ+ Resources


Answering Questions about LGBTQ+ and Sexual Orientation
Summary: A FAQ document for parents and family members to better understand the LGBT Community and sexual orientation. 


How Families Can Support Their LGBTQ+ Children
Summary: A article about how families can support their LGBTQ+ children and gives statistics on how supporting and not supporting their children affects them.


Alive Teen Center
This is actually a facility in Naperville that serves as a safe place for all students LGBTQ+ or not. They have programs and resources within their facility as well.
Resource for parents on gender equality from the UNWomen organization
CDC Guide - Parents’ Influence on the Health of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Teens: What Parents and Families Should Know 


Parents' Influence on the Health of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Teens: What Parents and Families Should Know
This guide contains information concerning how parents can make a difference in their teen’s life, specific actions for parents, listening suggestions, and information about how to stay involved. It also includes links to many other relevant resources.
COLAGE  unites people with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer parents into a network of peers and supports them as they nurture and empower each other to be skilled, self-confident, and just leaders in our collective communities. Their website offers an array of information including online support groups, print resources, and an online blog for kids of LGBTQ parents. 


Family Acceptance Project ®
The Family Acceptance Project™ is a research, intervention, education, and policy initiative that works to prevent health and mental health risks for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) children and youth, including suicide, homelessness, and HIV – in the context of their families, cultures and faith communities. They provide a research-based, culturally grounded approach to help ethnically, socially, and religiously diverse families to support their LGBT children. They have many professional publications and a powerful documentary series surrounding real-life families. They also provide links to many pertinent resources on their page. 


Family Equality - Advancing Equality for LGBTQ+ Families
Family Equality Council connects, supports, and represents the three million parents who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer in this country and their six million children. We are changing attitudes and policies to ensure that all families are respected, loved, and celebrated—including families with parents who are LGBTQ. Their site offers a place for individuals to share their story, sign up for email alerts, view their upcoming events, and get resources. 


Gender Spectrum Parenting and Family Resources
Gender Spectrum provides a wealth of information for parents and families concerning the complexities of gender, parenting considerations, parenting practices, and transitioning. Other resource topics on their site include information about education, medical services, mental health, legal services, social services, and faith.
The Human Rights Campaign’s Gay Parenting page provides a wealth of information and resources concerning adoption, foster parenting, assisted reproduction, growing up LGBTQ+ in America, and how to keep your kids safe at school.  
Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays offer support to families in many ways. This website lists a national chapter finder in which parents and families can find their closest support group. It also provides reading material including the PFLAG Family Story Center, frequently asked questions about LGBTQ+ individuals, terminology information, tips for the holidays, and more. Planned Parenthood Guide to Parenting LGBTQ+ and Questioning Kids 


What You Can Do provides resources for parents concerning preventing and responding to bullying behaviors. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Practitioner’s Guide for Helping Families to Support their LGBT Children 


A Practitioner's Resource Guide: Helping Families to Support Their LGBT Children
This intensive guide provides useful information for parents and families including basic facts and terminology surrounding LGBTQ+ individuals and information about the critical role of families in reducing risk and promoting well-being. It also includes many professional references that parents can refer to. 


Trevor Project Education and Resources for Adults Education
The Trevor Project offers online adult training including ally training and Trevor CARE Trainings, which help adults who work with youth learn to help youth in crisis. True Colors Sexual Minority Youth and Family Services True Colors provides a wealth of reading material for parents of LGBTQ+ individuals including memoirs, anthologies, and stories of support and experience. 


World Professional Association for Transgender Health 
WPATH World Professional Association for Transgender Health
As an international multidisciplinary professional Association, the mission of The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) is to promote evidence-based care, education, research, advocacy, public policy, and respect in transgender health. Visitors to the site will find a variety of resources, publications, news, and can search for local health care providers.