This academic journal article discusses working with LGBTQ+ youth in out-of-home care. It outlines five core premises to guide youth development. It also models how to create an environment where youth can meet their personal and social needs and develop competencies.
This online journal publishes empirical knowledge and conceptual information about sexual minorities and their social environment. It has innovative ideas and resources for the design, evaluation, and delivery for social services for these populations at all stages of life. All articles in this journal have undergone anonymous, double-blind peer review.
This journal article discusses achieving permanence for youth in out-of-home care and meeting the needs of LGBTQ youth. It offers models of permanence and practices to facilitate permanence with queer youth and their families. It also provides resources for people unable to return home, as well as resources about cultural issues that affect permanency.
This is an interactive map of child welfare nondiscrimination laws in the United States. Users can examine laws and equity scores by state. Policies regarding foster care, adoption, second and stepparents, and LGBTQ youth in child welfare are all listed. This can be used for anyone in the US considering fostering or adopting a child.
This is a report that discusses discrimination against LGBTQ+ foster and adoptive parents. It explains how religious exemptions allow agencies to discriminate against LGBTQ parents. In turn, that reduces the number of families available to adopt, overburdens the child welfare system, and hurts the best interests of children.
This article provides ten tips for raising LGBTQ+ foster or adopted kids. It emphasizes the importance of supporting children by using their preferred pronouns, employing gender-neutral language, and letting them know you are willing to listen and talk about anything. This is a great resource for adoptive and foster parents who want to be more inclusive.