Let's Get This Straight: A Gay- and Lesbian-Affirming Approach to Child Welfare

Let's Get This Straight: A Gay- and Lesbian-Affirming Approach to Child Welfare

by Gerald P. Mallon
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Jeane W. Anastas
Everyone concerned with child welfare in the United States today should read this book. Based on original research and years of work with child welfare agencies throughout the nation, Mallon addresses child welfare professionals clearly and directly about affirmative and effective practice with the gay and lesbian people they serve. Numerous case vignettes bring the practice principles and the unmet human needs vividly to life.
Joan Laird
Lesbian and gay children and adults have been in child welfare´s closet for generations. Gary Mallon opens the door wide on the ways this population has been marginalized and even mistreated in the child welfare system, and takes a comprehensive, family-centered, ecological approach that addresses the problems and needs in each sector, from prevention to protection to family healing, as well as to foster home, adoption, and residential placement. Rich with case examples that represent diverse and complex situations, this book should be required for anyone with any connections to child welfare, inside and outside of the system. It provides an invaluable resource for administrators, practitioners, researchers, policy-makers, and students.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231111362
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2000
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.26(w) x 9.35(h) x 0.71(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

Joan Laird
Lesbian and gay children and adults have been in child welfare's closet for generations. Gary Mallon opens the door wide on the ways this population has been marginalized and even mistreated in the child welfare system, and takes a comprehensive, family-centered, ecological approach that addresses the problems and needs in each sector, from prevention to protection to family healing, as well as to foster home, adoption, and residential placement. Rich with case examples that represent diverse and complex situations, this book should be required for anyone with any connections to child welfare, inside and outside of the system. It provides an invaluable resource for administrators, practitioners, researchers, policy-makers, and students.

Meet the Author

Gerald P. Mallon is assistant professor of social work at Hunter College. His writings include We Don't Exactly Get the Welcome Wagon: Experiences of Gay and Lesbian Adolescents in Child Welfare Systems. He lives in New York City.

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