Title of Abstract

The Heterosexist History of the Foster Care System: Perceptions that Shape Foster and Adoptive Parenting in America

Poster Number

62

Submitting Student(s)

Hannah Savage

Session Title

Poster Session 2

Faculty Sponsor (for work done with a non-Winthrop mentor)

Kori Bloomquist, Ph.D.

College

College of Arts and Sciences

Department

Social Work

Abstract

Throughout the history of the foster care system in America, individuals within the LGBTQIA+ community have experienced significant legal and social obstructions to fostering and adopting youth. Although the United States’ foster care system is crowded with youth in desperate need of homes on a national scale, many members of the LGBTQIA+ community continue to experience difficulties in the process of becoming parents through fostering or adoption. Child welfare professionals who work alongside youth and their families are instrumental in determining the long-term well-being outcomes of each child and professionals’ perceptions can influence practice and permanency on behalf vulnerable youth. This study aims to assess the attitudes of child welfare professionals regarding fostering and adoption by individuals in the LBGTQIA+ community through in-depth, qualitative interviews. Data are analyzed for salient themes. Findings from this study have implications for permanency practice and the overall well-being of children, adolescents, and families with foster and adoption needs.

Start Date

15-4-2022 12:00 PM

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The Heterosexist History of the Foster Care System: Perceptions that Shape Foster and Adoptive Parenting in America

Throughout the history of the foster care system in America, individuals within the LGBTQIA+ community have experienced significant legal and social obstructions to fostering and adopting youth. Although the United States’ foster care system is crowded with youth in desperate need of homes on a national scale, many members of the LGBTQIA+ community continue to experience difficulties in the process of becoming parents through fostering or adoption. Child welfare professionals who work alongside youth and their families are instrumental in determining the long-term well-being outcomes of each child and professionals’ perceptions can influence practice and permanency on behalf vulnerable youth. This study aims to assess the attitudes of child welfare professionals regarding fostering and adoption by individuals in the LBGTQIA+ community through in-depth, qualitative interviews. Data are analyzed for salient themes. Findings from this study have implications for permanency practice and the overall well-being of children, adolescents, and families with foster and adoption needs.