DCF has been actively recruiting LGBTQ+ foster parents and the LGBTQ+ community has responded. More than one hundred new families stepped up to provide loving homes for youth in out-of-home care. The next step is training, the home study and placement of children in these homes. This half session will consider the following questions: When and to what extent is your applicants sexual orientation or gender identity relevant? What kinds of questions can you (should you) ask about their identities? What if another foster parent makes a disparaging remark during your training? How do you respond? How do you share information about the families with children who might be placed in their homes? This half day, interactive session will explore those questions and more.