CWLA Resources

Model Policies and Standards

The Center for HIV Law and Policy’s TeenSense Model Policies and Standards are designed to be used by policymakers and practitioners in the field to guide implementation of best practices. These policies and standards were developed collaboratively with input from a number of partners.

Sexual Health Care for Youth in Custody:

Sexual Health Literacy for Youth in State Custody Settings:

Staff Training to Uphold the Sexual Health Rights of Youth in State Custody:

Additionally, CHLP’s report Juvenile Injustice analyzes systematic issues in the juvenile justice system.

Resources for Youth and Practitioners:

“When You Decide” toolkit, Power to Decide

This toolkit supports judges in ensuring that appropriate system stakeholders (i.e. case workers, probation officers, Court Appointed Special Advocates, etc.) focus on sexual and reproductive health as an integral part of the youth’s case plan and that youth receive the support, knowledge, and tools needed to make healthy long-term decisions regarding sex and pregnancy planning.

“Call to Action,” Power to Decide

Summary of 10 key ways that funders, decision makers, child welfare leaders, and others who are interested in improving the health and wellbeing of youth in foster care can begin to make progress on reducing teen pregnancy among youth in foster care based on a December 2015 gathering of leaders.

“Preventing Teen Pregnancy Through Outreach and Engagement,” Power to Decide

Tip sheet for working with young people in foster care.

“Safe Havens,” Lambda Legal

“Resources for LGBT Youth,” Lambda Legal

Directory of useful organizations and contacts

“Getting Down to Basics,” Lambda Legal

Developed in partnership by the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) and Lambda Legal, the tool kit gives guidance on an array of issues affecting LGBTQ youth and the adults and organizations who provide them with out-of-home care.


Lambda Legal’s Youth in Out-of-Home Care Project

CHLP’s TeenSense Project