We Don't Exactly Get the Welcome Wagon: The Experiences of Gay and Lesbian Adolescents in Child Welfare Systems / Edition 1

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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." Mallon permits the voices of these young people to guide the research, allowing them to tell their own stories and to suggest what is important in their own words. Their experiences help the reader to begin to understand the discrepancies between the myths and misinformation about gay and lesbian adolescents and their realities in the out-of-home child welfare systems in which they live.

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.

Columbia University Press

Selected for Choice´s 35th Annual Outstanding Academic Books list

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Editorial Reviews

International Social Work
This book is a must for all child welfare professionals.

— Betty Carter, University of British Columbia

Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services
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.

— Gary Remafedi, MD, University of Minnesota

International Social Work - Betty Carter

This book is a must for all child welfare professionals.

Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services - 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.

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.
Booknews
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: 9780231104555
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 5/13/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.99 (w) x 9.05 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

GERALD P. MALLON is an assistant professor at the Columbia University School of Social Work and author of Foundations of Social Work Practice with Gay and Lesbian Persons.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

1.The Road to Acceptance2. Searching for a Good Fit Within the Family System3. Searching for a Good Fit Within an Out-of-Home-Care Setting4. Escaping a Poor Fit5. Harrassment and Violence6. A Plan for TransformationAppendix I: A Field Experience in RetrospectAppendix II: Biographies of Young Gays and Lesbians

Columbia University Press

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