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Adoption by Lesbians and Gay MenA New Dimension in Family Diversity$
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David M. Brodzinsky and Adam Pertman

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195322606

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195322606.001.0001

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Lesbian and Gay Prospective Foster and Adoptive Families

Lesbian and Gay Prospective Foster and Adoptive Families

The Homestudy Assessment Process

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(p.130) 7 Lesbian and Gay Prospective Foster and Adoptive Families
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Adoption by Lesbians and Gay Men
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Gerald P. Mallon

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195322606.003.0035

This chapter examines how child welfare agencies manage applications from prospective families headed by lesbians and gay men, what unique issues are encountered in this process, and how gays and lesbians respond to the homestudy assessment process. States and child welfare agencies are responsible for ensuring a timely and appropriate foster or adoptive family for every child who needs one. In meeting this responsibility, states and child welfare agencies must explore all potential resources for all children and youth awaiting placement in a family, including qualified lesbians and gay men who wish to parent and are eager to open their hearts and lives to children and youth in need.

Keywords:   lesbian and gay adoption, child welfare agencies, foster family, adoptive family, lesbian parents, gay men, social work

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