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Working With Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Families in Adoption
Designed to help child welfare and adoption professionals expand their cultural competence and build their skills for working effectively and fairly with LGBT families as prospective adoptive parents. It examines issues, laws, and policies on LGBT families in adoption. Specific examples and tips are highlighted throughout the bulletin.
Table of Contents
Getting to Know the LGBT Community
Language and Terminology
Advantages of Including LGBT Adoptive Families
Tips for Effective Recruitment/Retention
Challenges Faced by LGBT Adoptive parents
Challenges in Working with LGBT Families
Tips for Representing LGBT Families as Potential Adoptive Parents
The "T" (Transgender) in LGBT
The Basics of Creating a Welcoming Agency
Acknowledgment(s): This bulletin was developed by Child Welfare Information Gateway, in partnership with Ellen Kahn, Director of the Human Rights Campaign Family Project, and was adapted from All Children—All Families Promising Practices Guide, 3rd Edition, © 2009 Human Rights Campaign Foundation, with permission. This document is made possible by the Children's Bureau, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The conclusions discussed here are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not represent the official views or policies of the funding agency.
Suggested Citation: Child Welfare Information Gateway. (2011). Working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) families in adoption. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children's Bureau.
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