LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care: Empowering Approaches for an Inclusive System of Care, 1st Edition (e-Book) book cover

LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care

Empowering Approaches for an Inclusive System of Care, 1st Edition

By Adam McCormick


198 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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Representing an often overlooked population in social work literature, this book explores the experiences of LGBTQ youth as they navigate the child welfare system. Adam McCormick examines the entirety of a youth’s experience, from referral into care and challenges to obtaining permanency to aging out or leaving care. Included throughout the book are stories from LGBTQ youth that address personal issues such as abuse, bullying and harassment, and double standards. Filled with resources to foster resilience and empower youth, this book is ideal for professionals who are hoping to create a more inclusive and affirming system of care for LGBTQ youth.


"Adam McCormick has written a groundbreaking book on a population in child welfare that has been overlooked for far too long: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth in the foster care system. Working in the field of child welfare for 30 years, I can say with confidence that McCormick’s book is a must read for anyone engaged in practice, policy, or research in child welfare."

Maria Scannapieco, PhD, MSW, Distinguished University Professor, Director, Center for Child Welfare, School of Social Work, University of Texas at Arlington

"It is an honor to provide some insight into this incredible book. The author's thorough review and expertise on the topic, along with the true personal experiences of the youth highlighted in this book, make it a must read for everyone working or volunteering with youth with LGBTQ backgrounds. Excellent book, Adam."

Irene Clements, Executive Director, National Foster Parent Association

"This book should be required reading for child welfare professionals. Through research and case studies, Dr. McCormick presents a compelling case for how LGBTQ youth are particularly vulnerable and how the current system too frequently fails them. Social workers will find this to be both an educational resource and a solution-focused tool. Dr. McCormick identifies specific opportunities for practice improvement geared toward direct-care professionals as well as leaders concerned with systemic change."

Karey Scheyd, MPA, child welfare consultant specializing in LGBTQ youth and families

Table of Contents

1. LGBTQ Youth in Care: Overlooked and Underestimated 2. Pathways Into Foster Care for LGBTQ Youth 3. Experiences in Care for LGBTQ Youth 4. Permanency Challenges for LGBTQ Youth 5. Foster Family Acceptance 6. Trauma Informed Care and LGBTQ Youth in Care 7. Recommendations for Practice Article Reviews

About the Author

Adam McCormick, PhD, MSSW, is an assistant professor of social work at St. Edward’s University. He teaches courses in child welfare and social work with families.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Child & Adolescent
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health