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We Don't Exactly Get the Welcome Wagon

Experiences of Gay and Lesbian Adolescents in Child Welfare Systems

By (author) Gerald P. Mallon
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Columbia University Press, New York, United States
Published: 15th Jun 1998
Dimensions: w 156mm h 235mm d 17mm
Weight: 380g
ISBN-10: 0231104545
ISBN-13: 9780231104548
Barcode No: 9780231104548
Drawing on over 20 years of child welfare experience and extensive interviews conducted 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 - the author presents narratives of marginalized young people struggling 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 meaningful in their own words. Their experiences should 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. This book makes solid recommendations to child welfare practitioners and policy-makers about how they can provide competent practice for gay and lesbian adolescents in their care and offers a methods chapter which may be useful to classroom instruction.

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