LGBTQ youth in foster care

litigated reform of New Jersey’s child welfare system

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Abstract

Institutional heteronormativity is endemic across the U.S. state foster care system. The study purpose was to explore New Jersey’s child welfare agency in the context of policy changes during litigated reform that diminished the influence of institutional heteronormativity contributing to inadequate care of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ) foster youth. LGBTQ-related policy-based reforms identified through document analysis included: (a) leveraging the authority of state sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression (SOGIE) based anti-discrimination legislation; (b) establishing a Safe Space Initiative program; and (c) integrating SOGIE-based anti-discrimination policy and procedural changes to LGBTQ youth case practice, management, service provision, and placement decisions.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Public Child Welfare
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2019

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Transgender Persons
Child Welfare
child welfare
reform
gender
affirmative action
sexual orientation
document analysis
Sexual Behavior
legislation
Sexual Minorities
Practice Management
management
Case Management
Legislation
heteronormativity

Keywords

  • child welfare
  • foster care
  • heteronormativity
  • LGBTQ
  • litigated reform

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