Lesbian and Gay Adoptive Parent Families
Assessment, Clinical Issues, and Intervention
This chapter provides an overview of assessment and intervention issues in clinical practice with lesbian and gay adoptive parent families. It begins by describing the context of lesbian and gay adoption and then addresses the various phases of lesbian and gay adoptive parent family formation (from assessment to postplacement)—with an emphasis on the contexts influencing family development at these stages—as well as relevant assessment and intervention issues. Recommendations for adoption workers and therapists who work with lesbian and gay adoptive families at these phases will be made throughout. Case examples are provided to illustrate key issues and conflicts faced by these families, as well as opportunities and challenges for therapists.
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