Catalogue by titles / Gay and Lesbian Adoptive and Foster Care Placements: Can They Meet the Needs of Waiting Children?

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ISS/IRC Code COM-ADOPT SAME-GENDER ENG-004
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Title Gay and Lesbian Adoptive and Foster Care Placements: Can They Meet the Needs of Waiting Children?
Author BROOKS Devon
Generic unit Social Work

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Date published/issue 00-00-1998
Date received 00-00-0000
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Publisher National Association of Social Workers
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Page pp 1
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Type of material Monograph
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Index Pap-homosexual
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Child-interest
Free text Results of a study based on interviews of social workers having placed children with gay and lesbian adoptive or foster parents and a focus group of gay and lesbian adoptive and foster parents. The social worker participants in the study stressed that, in their assessment of parents, they felt that their sexual orientation was not the main issue, but rather their ability to parent, their willingness to adopt special needs children, the extensive support system with family and friends, their level of educational achievement and their financial security. While concluding that there does not seem to be reasons for not supporting applications for adoption or fostering by gays and lesbians, the author points out the limited scope of the study and the need for more rigorous research "on the long-term behavioural, emotional and social outcomes of children placed in gay and lesbian households".

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