March 03, 2022 | Upswing Partners

Partner Showcase: Family Acceptance Project


The Family Acceptance Project® (FAP) is a research, education, and intervention project, affiliated with San Francisco State University, that helps diverse families learn to support their LGBTQ children to prevent health risks and promote well-being. FAP conducted the first research on LGBTQ youth and families and developed the first evidence-based family support model to help diverse families learn to support their LGBTQ children.

This includes developing a range of multilingual, multicultural resources to help parents, families, and caregivers to decrease health risks and increase their LGBTQ children’s well-being.

With support from The Upswing Fund for Adolescent Mental Health, FAP developed the first integrated online resource for LGBTQ youth and families to increase affirmation and support and to help youth, parents, and caregivers find accurate information and access to affirming resources and services.

Developed with the Institute for Innovation and Implementation, this new online resource includes a searchable national map of support services across the U.S., evidence-based resources to help decrease mental health risks and increase well-being for LGBTQ youth, and national lists of affirming culture-based and faith-based resources for LGBTQ youth and families.

FAP trains families, young people, providers and religious leaders on the Family Acceptance Project’s family support model to increase family support and wellness across the U.S. and in other countries.

Brief Overview - Family Acceptance Project® (FAP)

Media Release - Launching National Online Resource to Help LGBTQ Youth and Families Find Services, Increase Support for LGBTQ Youth During Mental Health Emergency

FAP & Parent PanelFamily Guidance for Supporting AAPI LGBTQ Children and Youth

FAP’s Healthy Futures PostersMultilingual Guidance to Help Decrease Health Risks and Increase Family Support & Well-Being for LGBTQ Children & Youth

Providing Trauma-Informed Care for LGBTQ Children & YouthRecorded Webinar on integrating FAP and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) for Trauma Care for LGBTQ Children & Youth

For more information and ways to get involved with the Family Acceptance Project, please contact Dr. Caitlin Ryan at [email protected]

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