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Coming Out of the Closet: Opening Agencies to Gay and Lesbian Adoptive Parents

Coming Out of the Closet: Opening Agencies to Gay and Lesbian Adoptive Parents Gay men and lesbians often encounter barriers when they pursue adoption. Adoption workers are expected to make decisions regarding child placement using the best interest standard. However, this decision-making model does not adequately consider intrapersonal, interpersonal, and organizational factors that affect the use of the standard. This article examines the best interest standard and makes practice recommendations to increase the accessibility of adoptions for gay and lesbian applicants. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Social Work Oxford University Press

Coming Out of the Closet: Opening Agencies to Gay and Lesbian Adoptive Parents

Social Work , Volume 49 (1) – Jan 1, 2004

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Oxford University Press
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© Published by Oxford University Press.
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ISSN
0037-8046
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1545-6846
DOI
10.1093/sw/49.1.85
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Abstract

Gay men and lesbians often encounter barriers when they pursue adoption. Adoption workers are expected to make decisions regarding child placement using the best interest standard. However, this decision-making model does not adequately consider intrapersonal, interpersonal, and organizational factors that affect the use of the standard. This article examines the best interest standard and makes practice recommendations to increase the accessibility of adoptions for gay and lesbian applicants.

Journal

Social WorkOxford University Press

Published: Jan 1, 2004

Keywords: Key words adoption child welfare organizations gay men and lesbians parents

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