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The ‘Last Resort’?: Lesbian and gay experiences of the social work assessment process in fostering and adoption.

Hicks, S 1996, 'The ‘Last Resort’?: Lesbian and gay experiences of the social work assessment process in fostering and adoption.' , Practice: Social Work in Action, 8 (2) , pp. 15-24.

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    Abstract

    This article presents the results of a piece of research which considered the experiences of a number of lesbians and gay men who had been assessed as potential foster or adoptive carers by social workers. The findings suggest discriminatory responses in relation to lesbian and gay applicants which, it is argued, disadvantage their chances of being approved and having children placed within their care. The article attempts to locate such responses, and to suggest ways in which a more anti-discriminatory assessment practice can be developed.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: lesbians, gay men, homosexuality, foster care, adoption, social work, assessment, power, discrimination
    Themes: Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
    Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman > HQ503 The family. Marriage. Home
    Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
    Subjects outside of the University Themes
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care
    Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Social Justice Research
    Journal or Publication Title: Practice: Social Work in Action
    Publisher: Routledge
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: 1742-4909 (electronic) 0950-3153 (paper)
    Depositing User: Dr Stephen Hicks
    Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2009 15:26
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:59
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/2313

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