The Philadelphia Coalition for Queer Justice and Intersectional Equity has partnered with Institute for Innovation and Implementation to host a two day-virtual symposium on the state of LGBTQ+ youth in the child welfare system and how their experiences have changed in light of COVID-19 -The New Normal: LGBTQ+ Youth Living Through COVID-19. Now more than ever, there is a need to share what’s working for frontline professionals across the country.

This symposium will gather medical professionals, child welfare workers, prevention workers, mentors, and executives from a variety of disciplines.  Together we will elevate the voices of experts to a national audience in the pursuit of equity for our LGBTQ+ youth.

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Unfortunately, we have reached our capacity for registrations at this time. 

But please join us for the Keynote Panel which will be live streamed on YouTube, Thursday, October 15 from 12:30 – 1:30 PM EST.

Our Keynote panEl

Moderator: Rachel O'Hanlon-Rodriguez

Moderator: Rachel O'Hanlon-Rodriguez (she/her)

Wilma Theater

 Franz Liem (he/him)                                   Jay Kimberly-Director of Development        

     Franz Liem (he/him)                                       Jay Kimberly (he/him)   


          Immigrant Youth                                      Director of Development 


                                                                                       Arts Holding Hands and Hearts


    Christina Parker-Statewide Policy Coordinator                       


                                                                           Christina Parker (ze/zir)                        Shay Marche House (she/her)

                                                                    Statewide Policy Coordinator                          Public Policy Intern  

                                                                      California Youth Connection                              Washington, D.C.

                                                                                                        

Symposium presenters

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  • Angela Weeks, (She/Her)
  • Caitlin Ryan, PhD, ACSW (she/her)
  • Dr. Christopher Bellonci, (He/Him)
  • Coley Alston, (They, Them)
  • David Acosta, (he/him)
  • David Fair, (he/him)
  • Earl Fowlkes, (He/Him)
  • Frans Liem, (he/him)
  • Dr. Elizabeth Greeno, (she/her)
  • Jasper Liem, MSS, LCSW, (He/Him)
  • Jennifer Croessmann, (she/her)
  • Jean Strout, JD (she/her)
  • Vida Khavar, (She/Her)
  • Jess Fenchel,(She/Her)
  • Karen Anderson, MSW, LISW-S (she/her)
  • Kelly Sagastume,MSW, (she/her)
  • Shelley Craig, (She/Her)
  • Leah Love, (She/Her)
  • Lou GrowMiller, (He/Him)
  • Marlene Matarese (she/her)
  • Michael Hinson, (He/Him)
  • Nancy John-Price, (She/Her)
  • Natalie Proud, (She/Her)
  • Nicole Santamaria (she/her)
  • Pierce White, (He/Him)
  • Portia Cyrus, (She/Her)
  • Rachel Rutter, (She/Her)
  • Lauren Whether-Coggins,(She/Her)
  • Stephanie Lubert, (She/her)
  • Stump Evans, (He/She)
  • Victoria Castro, (she/her)
  • Jennifer Wenderoth, LISW-S (she/her)

Our Partners


The Support Center for Child Advocates, Center for Excellence in Advocacy (CEA) will provide Pennsylvania CEUs for the following types of credits:

  • Continuing Education Units* (CEUs) for PA licensed Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, and Marriage and Family TherapistsThis event is eligible for 5.0 substantive CEU credits. One ticket covers both days of the Symposium (single day CEUs are not available) for a nonrefundable $25.00.
  • Continuing Legal Education (CLEs) for PA licensed Attorneys. This event is eligible for 5.0 substantive CEU credits. One ticket covers both days of the Symposium(single day CLE tickets are not available) for a nonrefundable $50.00.

Support Center for Child Advocates, Center for Excellence in Advocacy is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors to offer continuing education for social workers, marriage and family therapists and professional counselors. Support Center for Child Advocates, Center for Excellence in Advocacy maintains responsibility for the program(s)

**PLEASE NOTE we are an approved provider for CEU and CLE credits in Pennsylvania only. We are not able to provide CEU or CLE credits for other states.


Continuing Education Units* (CEUs) for TX licensed Social Workers provided by Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star, Social Work CEU Provider Sponsor Number 6540. This event is eligible for 5.0 substantive CEU credits. One ticket covers both days of the Symposium (single day CEUs are not available). There is no fee for Texas licensed Social Workers.

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