Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Foster Parents: Strengths and Challenges for the Child Welfare System
Downs, A. Chris, James, Steven E., Child Welfare
Historically, a shortage of skilled and dedicated foster parents has existed in America. Lesbian, gay, or bisexual (LBG) foster parents have received little attention in the published literature. This article documents the challenges and successes of a group of 60 LGB foster parents. All participants provided foster parenting for public (state or county) agencies. The primary successes of this group included meaningful and gratifying parenting and successful testing of whether adoption might be a natural next step after foster parenting. The primary challenges included insensitive, inappropriate, and difficult social workers; state or local laws that worked against successful foster …
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Publication information: Article title: Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Foster Parents: Strengths and Challenges for the Child Welfare System. Contributors: Downs, A. Chris - Author, James, Steven E. - Author. Journal title: Child Welfare. Volume: 85. Issue: 2 Publication date: March/April 2006. Page number: 281+. © 2007 Child Welfare League of America, Inc. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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