Let's Get this Straight: A Gay- and Lesbian-affirming Approach to Child Welfare

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Columbia University Press, 1999 - Political Science - 192 pages
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The first book to approach child welfare from a gay- and lesbian-affirming perspective, Let's Get This Straight uncovers and challenges the pervasive presence of "heterocentrism" within the social work profession. It draws upon case examples and in-depth interviews to illustrate the degree to which myths and stereotypes about gay and lesbian youth detrimentally affect those most in need of assistance.

Gerald P. Mallon uses an ecological perspective to highlight the five areas of child welfare:

(1) family support / preservation;

(2) protection from abuse and neglect;

(3) adoption services;

(4) out-of-home care services; and

(5) the development of foster and adoptive homes.

He discusses the implications of this ecological perspective for service delivery, the impact of laws and legislation, and the role gay and lesbian professionals can play in these areas to provide unbiased care to lesbian, gay, and bisexual clients.

 

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Contents

Competent Child Welfare Services for GayLesbian Children Youth and Their Families
13
Keeping Families Together FamilyCentered Services and Issues of Sexual Orientation
35
Protecting GayLesbian Children and Youth Issues of Abuse Neglect and Familial Violence
57
Sexual Orientation and the Law Legal Issues in Child Welfare
79
Gays and Lesbians as Adoptive and Foster Parents
93
Meeting the Needs of GayLesbian Children and Youth in OutofHomeCare Placements
109
Runaways and Homeless Gay and Lesbian Youth
127
Locked in the Child Welfare Closet Whos Got The Key?
143
References
153
Index
183
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About the author (1999)

Betty S. Travitsky, archivist at the College of Staten Island, CUNY, is editor of The Paradise of Women. Anne Lake Prescott is professor of English at Barnard College and the author of Imagining Rabelais in the English Renaissance.

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