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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 14:26
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 15:59
URI: http://usir.eprints.org/id/eprint/2313

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