shp: About Us

Safe Harbor Project

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You deserve a family who...
...Loves you, unconditionally
...Treats you with respect
...Doesn't abuse you, make fun of you or disown you
...Supports your gender identity and expression
...Supports your inherent sexuality
...Helps you make connections with other LGBT youth
...Stands up for you
...Allows you to be yourself
...Is proud of who you are!

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Mission:  The Safe Harbor Project was created in 2001 to ensure the safety, support and nurturance of all children, youth and families in Connecticut, regardless of their race, inherent sexuality, gender identity or expression by ensuring culturally competent, unbiased and affirming services by DCF staff and all contracted providers. 
The Safe Harbor Project guarantees fair and equal treatment, services and resources for LGBT youth and families.  The State of Connecticut child welfare system (DCF) is responsible for providing a safe living environment free from harassment, humiliation, abuse and neglect.  DCF understands that children who unfortunately find themselves in horrible situations, through no fault of their own, need love and attention in order to flourish and succeed in life.  In accordance with Connecticut laws and DCF's non-discrimination 30-9 policy, LGBT youth-in-care should never be placed in a setting where they will be subject to acts of violence or abuse, bigotry, bullying, condemnation, harassment, intolerance, indoctrination, proselytizing or prejudice.  If you are being abused, beaten, bullied, harassed or neglected because of your inherent sexuality, let us know.  The State of Connecticut and DCF has a mandate to protect you!  Connecticut is one of six states that quarantees non-discrimination by protecting same-gender unions.  In keeping with Connecticut's laws, regulations and ethics, DCF actively recruits LGBT foster and adoptive parents and mentors.  DCF has been working with True Colors for the past 17 years ensuring that all LGBT staff, providers, youth and their families receive appropriate, non-discriminatory and professional care 
The Safe Harbor Project: is a collaboration between the Department of Children and Families (DCF) the Connecticut Association of Foster and Adoptive Parents (CAFAP) and True Colors, Inc. This initiative was created by the Commissioner of DCF in September 2001 to educate against homophobia, gender bias and racism while working to create a world where youth, adults and families of all sexual orientations and gender identities are valued and affirmed, and to implement affirming and unbiased, culturally competent, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning & Intersex (LGBTQI) service trainings for foster and adoptive parents, social workers, child care and community providers surrounding the issues and problems specific to youth and families with inherent sexuality issues. 
True Colors: True Colors, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that combats homophobia, gender bias and racism while working to create a world where youth, adults and families of all sexual orientations and gender identities are valued and affirmed. True Colors challenges all forms of oppression and provides support through education, training, advocacy, youth leadership development, mentoring and direct services to youth and those responsible for the well-being of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex Youth and Families.

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