Family Acceptance Project celebrates 15 years
Family Acceptance Project celebrates 15 years of increasing family support for LGBTQ children, decreasing harm of family rejection
Groundbreaking research, training and family intervention model generate paradigm shift in how families are included in LGBTQ youth services in professional practice, institutions and faith communities
Family Acceptance Project (FAP) — the world’s first research, intervention, education and policy initiative that helps diverse families learn to support their LGBTQ children to prevent serious health risks and promote well-being — is proud to celebrate its fifteenth anniversary.
Founded by Caitlin Ryan and Rafael Diaz of San Francisco State University in 2002, FAP’s pioneering research and intervention strategies to engage parents, caregivers and other family members as allies to support their LGBTQ children and adolescents have established the critical role of family acceptance in helping to protect against risk and promote well-being for LGBTQ children and youth. FAP’s comprehensive research on LGBTQ youth and their families has shown for the first time how family rejection and acceptance contribute to their children’s risk and well-being, including increased risk for suicide, depression, substance abuse and HIV, while protecting against multiple serious health risks. FAP’s first-ever Family Support Model — grounded in this research — provides a vital roadmap to reduce family rejection that can lead to homelessness and placement in foster care and juvenile justice systems and to increase acceptance and support for LGBTQ children and youth among family members and others in their congregations and communities.