Lesbian and Gay Fostering and Adoption

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September 1998



This book presents a collection of personal accounts, based on interviews and written testimonies, by lesbian and gay parents from many different social and ethnic backgrounds. Their stories record good and bad experiences, but overall, the accounts are positive and emphasise the rewards of parenting.


Foreword. Introduction. The Stories: Nita and Clare - 'Arranged Parenting'. Simon - 'Heavy-Duty Kids?' Kate - 'A Mechaiya - A Complete Joy...' Emma and Louise - 'Staying Power'. Paul and Richard - 'Out of Step'. Barbara - 'The Eye of the Storm'. Dfiza and Anne - '...No-One Ever Learned Us...' Mark and Paul - 'Caring Across the Spectrum'. Olivette - 'Single Black Lesbian'. Sarah and Christine - 'The Impossible Dream'. John and Rob - 'Things Might Look a Little Cloudy Now, But...' Jean and Trixie - 'A Family, Not Pretend But Real!' Kath - 'Matched'. Mike and Brian - 'A Great Asset'. Sandra - 'You may have to Count to Ten, No Twenty, Sometimes...' Elizabeth and Mary - 'A Special Mother's Day Card'. Shula - 'No Regrets'. Editorial Essay: Themes from the Stories. Issues of Research and Policy. Appendix: Useful Organizations. Bibliography.


Stephen Hicksis a lecturer in Social Work in the Department of Applied Community Studies at the Manchester Metropolitan University. He has been researching lesbian and gay fostering since 1992, and is a founder member of the Northern section of LAGFAPN (Lesbian and Gay Foster and Adoptive Parents Network). He has been a social worker for children under 11 years old at a voluntary organization in Manchester and has also worked in community mental health services. Janet McDermottis also a member of LAGFAPN Northern group. She works part-time as Co-Ordinator of an Asian Women's Training Project in Sheffield, and is also a writer and freelance trainer. Previously, she worked as a secondary school teacher and as a refuge worker. She and her partner have adopted a ten-year-old girl.
EAN: 9781853026003
ISBN: 185302600X
Untertitel: Extraordinary Yet Ordinary. bibliography. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Erscheinungsdatum: September 1998
Seitenanzahl: 176 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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