• June 2011
  • Vol. 12, No. 5

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GLBT Issues in Foster Care and Adoption

A recent special issue of the Journal of GLBT Family Studies focuses on foster care and adoption by gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) parents. The journal's introduction by Scott D. Ryan and Gerald P. Mallon notes the growing number of GLBT individuals and couples choosing to become parents, many through adoption. The authors discuss the role of social workers placing children with GLBT parents for foster care and adoption, and they emphasize the importance of affirming practice.

The articles address a variety of topics, including processes, impact on children, and perceptions of stigma. There are nine articles in addition to the introduction:

  • "The Home Study Assessment Process for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Prospective Foster and Adoptive Families" by Gerald P. Mallon
  • "Adoptive Parents' Attitudes Towards Gay and Lesbian Adoption" by Paige Averett, Amy Strong-Blakeney, Blace Nalavany, and Scott D. Ryan
  • "Growing Up in a Same-Sex Parented Family: The Adolescent Voice of Experience" by Marjorie Welsh
  • "Adoptive Gay Fathers: Transformations of the Masculine Homosexual Self" by Jorge C. Armesto and Ester R. Shapiro
  • "Hearing the Voices of Lesbian Women Having Children" by Misty Wall
  • "It Was the Cadillac of Adoption Agencies: Intersections of Social Class, Race, and Sexuality in Gay Men's Adoption Narratives" by Dana Berkowitz
  • "Perception and Internalization of Adoption Stigma Among Gay, Lesbian, and Heterosexual Adoptive Parents" by Abbie Goldberg, Lori Kinkler, and Denise Hines
  • "Making Room for Daddies: Male Couples Creating Families Through Adoption" by Gregory Wells
  • "Children's Views of Family Relationships in Lesbian-Led Families" by Fiona Tasker and Julia Granville

Articles from the Journal of GLBT Family Studies, Vol. 7 (Nos. 1 and 2) can be purchased on the Informaworld website:


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