LGBTQ Youth in the Child Welfare System: An Overview of Research, Practice, and Policy.
McCormick, Adam. Schmidt, Kathryn. Terrazas, Samuel.
Published: January-March 2017
Journal of Public Child Welfare
Vol. 11, No. 1 , p. 27-39
Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
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LGBTQ youth are largely overrepresented in the child welfare system. The experiences of LGBTQ youth have largely been overlooked. LGBTQ youth often encounter a number of challenges and disparities as they navigate the child welfare system. Many report experiences of discrimination, marginalization, and an overall lack of acceptance. The permanency and placement options have historically been limited for many LGBTQ youth, often leading to an over reliance on congregate settings and aging out of foster are. The current article provides a synthesis of the existing research on the experiences and outcomes of LGBTQ youth in care, as well as an exploration of the policy and practice initiatives aimed at creating a more inclusive system of care. (Author abstract)
lesbians; gays; foster adolescents; barriers; child placement; permanency; group homes; aging out; outcomes; child welfare reform; transgender