Lesbian, gay and transgender parents from diverse backgrounds discuss the challenges and rewards of adoptive and foster parenting, with an emphasis on positive strategies for future parents in the LGBT community.Drawing on experiences from varying stages of the adoption process, this book considers the inherent challenges that arise from social stigma, racism, homophobia, and discriminatory policies. Interviews with some of the first LGBT families to adopt reveal how the laws have changed in recent years and what it's like to parent adolescent and adult children. Compiled into honest and uplifting stories, this is an essential guide for same-sex couples and LGBT single parents, as well as social workers.
About the Authors:
Stephen Hicks is a Senior Lecturer in Community, Health Sciences & Social Care at the University of Salford. He is also a link foster carer and Chair of the Northern Support Group for lesbian and gay foster carers and adopters.
Janet McDermott is 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.