We Don't Exactly Get the Welcome Wagon

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Drawing on over twenty years of child welfare experience and extensive interviews with 54 gay and lesbian young people who lived in out-of-home-care child welfare settings in three North American cities - Los Angeles, New York, and Toronto - Gerald Mallon presents narratives of marginalized young people trying to find the "right fit." The first comprehensive examination of the experiences of gay and lesbian youths in the child welfare system, We Don't Exactly Get the Welcome Wagon makes solid recommendations to ...
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Overview

Drawing on over twenty years of child welfare experience and extensive interviews with 54 gay and lesbian young people who lived in out-of-home-care child welfare settings in three North American cities - Los Angeles, New York, and Toronto - Gerald Mallon presents narratives of marginalized young people trying to find the "right fit." The first comprehensive examination of the experiences of gay and lesbian youths in the child welfare system, We Don't Exactly Get the Welcome Wagon makes solid recommendations to social work practitioners as well as to policy makers about how they can provide a competent practice for gay and lesbian adolescents, and offers a methods chapter which will be useful in classroom instruction.

Selected for Choice┬┤s 35th Annual Outstanding Academic Books list

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Betty Carter
This book is a must for all child welfare professionals.
Gary Remafedi
We Don't Exactly Get the Welcome Wagon surely will appeal to a broad audience, ranging from concerned citizens to human service professionals. It is easily readable by interested persons, but contains enough technical information to satisfy the curious academician.
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Mallon (Columbia U. School of Social Work) explores the lives of 54 gay and lesbian young people who, at the time of this study, were living in out-of-home-care welfare situations. Emphasis is placed on their experiences as marginalized and on their efforts to find the right "fit" for themselves. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231104548
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1998
  • Pages: 208
  • Lexile: 1240L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.33 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 The Road to Acceptance 19
2 Searching for a Good Fit Within the Family System 35
3 Searching for a Good Fit Within an Out-of-Home-Care Setting 53
4 Escaping a Poor Fit: Harassment and Violence 85
5 A Plan for Transformation 119
App. 1 A Field Experience in Retrospect 145
App. 2 Biographies of Young Gays and Lesbians 155
References 173
Index 187
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