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Working With Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) Families in Foster Care and Adoption
Helps child welfare and adoption professionals expand their cultural competence and skills when working with LGBTQ individuals and same-sex couples. It examines laws and policies and provides tips to engage this vital and distinct community effectively. This bulletin includes information about challenges faced by LGBTQ adoptive parents, challenges faced by professionals when working with LGBTQ families, supporting transgender parents, and how to create a welcoming agency.
Table of Contents
Getting to know the LGBTQ community
Language and terminology
Advantages of including LGBTQ families
Tips for effective recruitment/retention
Challenges faced by LGBTQ adoptive parents
Possible challenges professionals face while working with LGBTQ families
Tips for representing LGBTQ families as potential adoptive parents
Supporting transgender parents
The basics of creating a welcoming agency
Suggested Citation: Child Welfare Information Gateway. (2016). Working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) families in foster care and adoption. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s Bureau.
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