Child Welfare

Child Welfare is a professional trade journal published bimonthly by the Child Welfare League of America, Inc., Arlington, Va. Founded in 1921, the journal provides policy, practice, and program information to professionals who work in the child welfare industry.

Articles from Vol. 85, No. 2, March/April

Achieving Permanency for LGBTQ Youth
This article brings together two significant efforts in the child welfare field: achieving permanence for youth in out-of-home care and meeting the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. During the past several years,...
Bridges, Barriers, and Boundaries
A Model Curriculum for Training, Youth Service Professionals to Provide Culturally Competent Service for Sexual and Gender Minority Youth in CareSpecial Issue Editors' Note: Typically, articles published in Child Welfare that address issues of training...
Busting out of the Child Welfare Closet: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender-Affirming Approaches to Child Welfare
Tell them about how you're never really a whole person if you remain silent, because there's always that one little piece inside you that wants to be spoken out, and if you keep ignoring it, it gets madder and madder and hotter and hotter, and if you...
Envisaging the Adoption Process to Strengthen Gay- and Lesbian-Headed Families: Recommendations for Adoption Professionals
Although a growing number of child placement agencies are serving lesbians and gay men, a dearth of literature exists for adoption agency policies and practices related to working with this population. This article explores the unique characteristics...
Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Foster Parents: Strengths and Challenges for the Child Welfare System
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...
Hazards of Stigma: The Sexual and Physical Abuse of Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Adolescents in the United States and Canada
Some studies suggest lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) teens are at higher risk than peers for violence at home, in school, and in the community. That can bring them into the child welfare system or services for runaway and homeless teens. This study...
Issues of Shared Parenting of LGBTQ Children and Youth in Foster Care: Preparing Foster Parents for New Roles
Foster parents have increasingly assumed new and challenging roles during the past decade. Meeting the developmental, attachment, and grieving needs of children and youth in out of home care is challenging by itself, but can become even more difficult...
Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Homeless Youth: An Eight-City Public Health Perspective
This article reports on results of a one-day public health survey conducted in six states by homeless youth providers to measure and compare risk factors between lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) homeless youth and non-LGB homeless youth. This article...
Outcomes for a Transitional Living Program Serving LGBTQ Youth in New York City
Providing stable housing for runaway and homeless youth is a major function of a transitional living program. This article introduces the focus of one program working with LGBTQ youth in New York City and discusses some issues to consider when working...
Putting the Pieces Together for Queer Youth: A Model of Integrated Assessment of Need and Program Planning
Needs assessments require staff with the necessary expertise to design the study, collect the data, analyze the data, and present results. They require money, time, and persistence, because the people one wishes to assess often are difficult to access....
Regional Listening Forums: An Examination of the Methodologies Used by the Child Welfare League of America and Lambda Legal to Highlight the Experiences of LGBTQ Youth in Care
In 2002, the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) and the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund began Fostering Transitions: CWLA/Lambda Joint Initiative to Support LGBTQ Youth and Adults Involved with the Child Welfare System. To document the needs...
Slamming the Closet Door: Working with Gay and Lesbian Youth in Care
The developmental challenges of gay and lesbian youth are well understood by professionals in the field. Increasingly, professionals are extending this understanding to the plight of gay and lesbian youth living in out-of-home care. Such youth face additional...
Terminology and Acronyms in This Issue of Child Welfare
An irony of human services work in general and child welfare in particular is that practice often must resist the temptation to categorize and label, but that categorization and labeling are often essential to the job. The children and families we serve...
The Legal Rights of LGBT Youth in State Custody: What Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Professionals Need to Know
Youth in state custody, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, have federal and state constitutional and statutory rights. These rights guarantee a young person safety in their placement as well as freedom from deprivation of their...
The Model Standards Project: Creating Inclusive Systems for LGBT Youth in Out-of-Home Care
This article describes the Model Standards Project (MSP), a collaboration of Legal Services for Children and the National Center for Lesbian Rights. The MSP developed a set of model professional standards governing the care of lesbian, gay, bisexual...
The Story of a Gay Foster Parent
My family has many characteristics that social service agencies would seemingly desire in foster parents. I'm a university professor with a doctorate who studies and teaches in the area of family communication. My partner is a high school teacher with...
Transgender Children and Youth: A Child Welfare Practice Perspective
Using an ecological framework, the existing literature and research, and the authors' combined 60 years of clinical practice with children, youth, and families, this article examines gender variant childhood development from a holistic viewpoint where...
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