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Gay and Lesbian Adoptive and Foster Care Placements: Can They Meet the Needs of Waiting Children?

Gay and Lesbian Adoptive and Foster Care Placements: Can They Meet the Needs of Waiting Children? Although the number of children in need of adoptive homes is growing, the number of prospective adoptive parents is decreasing. On the basis of an extensive review of relevant literature, the present study explored a potentially viable although controversial and little-researched option for increasing the pool of prospective parents: adoptions by gay men and lesbians. Data for this study were collected from child welfare workers and gay and lesbian adoptive and foster parents. A content analysis of the data suggests that gay men and lesbians experience considerable and seemingly unjustified obstacles in their efforts to become adoptive and foster parents. Major implications for practice and policy are offered, as are future directions for research. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Social Work Oxford University Press

Gay and Lesbian Adoptive and Foster Care Placements: Can They Meet the Needs of Waiting Children?

Social Work , Volume 46 (2) – Apr 1, 2001

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Oxford University Press
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© Published by Oxford University Press.
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0037-8046
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1545-6846
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10.1093/sw/46.2.147
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Abstract

Although the number of children in need of adoptive homes is growing, the number of prospective adoptive parents is decreasing. On the basis of an extensive review of relevant literature, the present study explored a potentially viable although controversial and little-researched option for increasing the pool of prospective parents: adoptions by gay men and lesbians. Data for this study were collected from child welfare workers and gay and lesbian adoptive and foster parents. A content analysis of the data suggests that gay men and lesbians experience considerable and seemingly unjustified obstacles in their efforts to become adoptive and foster parents. Major implications for practice and policy are offered, as are future directions for research.

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Social WorkOxford University Press

Published: Apr 1, 2001

Keywords: Key words adoption children foster care gay men lesbians parenting

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