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Adam McCormick

Assistant Professor of Social Work
St. Edward's University

Adam McCormick is an assistant professor of Social Work at St. Edward’s University. Dr. McCormick’s research interests include LGBTQ youth in the child welfare system, the relationship rights of siblings in care, transgender youth mental health, trauma-informed practice, and the role of gay-straight alliances.

Subjects: Social Work

Biography

Adam McCormick is an assistant professor of Social Work at St. Edward’s University. Dr. McCormick’s research interests include LGBTQ youth in the child welfare system, the relationship rights of siblings in care, transgender youth mental health, trauma-informed practice, and the role of gay-straight alliances. Prior to teaching, Dr. McCormick worked in the child welfare system in a variety of clinical and administrative roles. He is the author of a number of articles on child welfare topics and is the author of the forthcoming books, LGBTQ youth in the child welfare system: Empowering approaches to creating an inclusive system ) and Supporting LGBTQ youth in foster care: A guide for foster parents and professionals

Dr. McCormick has served as the Principal Investigator and lead evaluator on a number of federal, state, and foundation grants totaling over $3.5 million. He was the Principal Investigator of the Borderland Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative (funded by SAMHSA), as well as the Child Welfare Training Project at the University of Texas at El Paso (funded by the Administration of Children and Families). Dr. McCormick currently serves as the evaluation consultant on a number of foundation grants, including the program, Assessing and addressing public stigma in child and adolescent serving institutions with the El Paso Child Guidance Center. Furthermore, he has conducted evaluations and needs assessment for a number of youth agencies serving homeless youth and youth in foster care.

Dr. McCormick frequently conducts trainings, workshops, and presentations on a variety of topics. He has given numerous presentations in recent years on topics ranging from trauma informed care to empowering work with LGBTQ youth. He teaches courses in Social Work practice and theory, research and evaluation, and child abuse and neglect.

Books

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Articles

Journal of Family Strengths

Fostering the acceptance and inclusion of LGBTQ youth in the child welfare system: Considerations for advancing trauma informed responses for LGBTQ youth in care


Published: Jul 05, 2018 by Journal of Family Strengths
Authors: Adam McCormick, Karey Scheyd, Samuel Terrazas
Subjects: Social Work

The following article explores the unique trauma and maltreatment experiences of LGBTQ youth and provides considerations for enhancing and improving practice with LGBTQ youth through the implementation of recent insights in the field of trauma informed care.

Journal of Public Child Welfare

LGBTQ Youth in the Child Welfare System: An Overview of Research, Practice, and Policy


Published: Jul 05, 2018 by Journal of Public Child Welfare
Authors: Adam McCormick, Kathryn Schmidt, Samuel Terrazas
Subjects: Social Work

The current article provides a synthesis of the existing research on the experiences and outcomes of LGBTQ youth in care, as well as an exploration of the policy and practice initiatives aimed at creating a more inclusive system of care.

Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences

Coping Strategies That Mitigate Against Symptoms of Depression Among Latino Farmworkers


Published: Jul 05, 2018 by Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences
Authors: Samuel Terrazas, Adam McCormick
Subjects: Social Work

This article examines the traits farmworkers reported that helped them mitigate symptoms of depression.

Children and Youth Services Review

Foster family acceptance: Understanding the role of foster family acceptance in the lives of LGBTQ youth


Published: Jul 05, 2018 by Children and Youth Services Review
Authors: Adam McCormick, Kathryn Schmidt, Samuel Terrazas
Subjects: Social Work

The experiences of LGBTQ foster care alumni who had accepting foster family experiences are compared to those who had rejecting experiences. Findings suggest that foster family acceptance plays a pivotal role in creating an affirming and inclusive environment for LGBTQ youth. Similarly, findings provide further evidence for the need to educate, train, and recruit affirming and accepting foster families.

Families in Society

Trauma-Informed Care and LGBTQ Youth: Considerations for Advancing Practice With Youth With Trauma Experiences


Published: Apr 05, 2018 by Families in Society
Authors: Adam McCormick, Karey Scheyd, Samuel Terrazas
Subjects: Social Work

This article seeks to use the Concepts for Understanding Traumatic Stress Responses in Children and Families, developed by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, to address the traumatic experiences and responses of LGBTQ youth.

News

Youth in Texas foster care in need of empathic sex education

By: Adam McCormick
Subjects: Social Work

Texas Tribune

How can parents raise boys who respect women? Start with the word, "no".

By: Adam McCormick
Subjects: Social Work

Dallas Morning News

There is a place for #MeToo in Texas classrooms

By: Adam McCormick
Subjects: Social Work

Texas Tribune

#MeToo opportunity to engage boys in conversations about harassment

By: Adam McCormick
Subjects: Social Work

Austin Statesman

#MeToo opporutnity to talk to boys about harassment

By: Adam McCormick
Subjects: Social Work

Dallas Morning News

Gay and lesbian parents untapped resource for youth in foster care

By: Adam McCormick
Subjects: Social Work

Houston Chronicle

Gay and lesbian parents are a solution to the foster parent backlog

By: Adam McCormick
Subjects: Social Work

Dallas Morning News

Gay and lesbian parents untapped resource for foster care system

By: Adam McCormick
Subjects: Social Work

San Antonio Express News

Gay and lesbian parents are untapped resource for foster care system

By: Adam McCormick
Subjects: Social Work

Austin American Statesman

Gay and lesbian parents can help youth awaiting foster care

By: Adam McCormick
Subjects: Social Work

Ft. Worth Star Telegram

Gay and lesbian parents are untapped resource for youth in foster care

By: Adam McCormick
Subjects: Social Work

Dallas Morning News

Parental Rights Bill will keep LGBTQ youth in the closet

By: Adam McCormick
Subjects: Social Work

Texas Tribune article

LGBTQ youth should be top priority in CPS overhaul

By: Adam McCormick
Subjects: Social Work

The widespread attention that has been given to efforts to overhaul CPS has largely overlooked the experiences and needs of LGBT youth. The top priority of CPS is to protect vulnerable children and youth and that priority should extend to one of the most vulnerable populations of youth in the Texas foster care system.

Texas's faith based foster care initiatives could fail LGBTQ youth

By: Adam McCormick
Subjects: Social Work

As we near our next legislative session, we must implore our officials to take a closer look at the safety and well-being of all children in state care, especially the overrepresented LGBT youth, because an inclusive and tolerant foster care system is safer for the children, and less expensive to the state.

Reduced turnover rates resulting from more tolerant caregivers means improved caseloads, less stress on social workers and reduced costs of external resources.

Ultimately, improving the permanency options for LGBT youth is a win-win for everyone.

Children's mental health must be a priority

By: Adam McCormick
Subjects: Social Work

While these efforts will undoubtedly have a profound positive impact, there is no question that in order to adequately address this crisis, we must make the mental health needs of this incredibly vulnerable population a top priority.

LGBTQ youth should be top priority in CPS overhaul

By: Adam McCormick
Subjects: Social Work

At the very least, overhaul efforts should address placement practices that assure that an LGBT youth isn't placed with caregivers who are rejecting or unwilling to provide an inclusive and affirming home environment. Efforts should also combat the overreliance on group home placements that reinforce the idea that LGBT youth are not worthy of family connections. Such settings should only be used when family settings are not available as opposed to being the first place that caseworkers look to when placing LGBT youth.

LGBTQ youth should be a top priority for Child Protectie services Overhaul

By: Adam McCormick
Subjects: Social Work

The widespread attention that has been given to efforts to overhaul Texas' Child Protective Services has largely overlooked the experiences and needs of LGBT youths. The top priority of CPS is to protect vulnerable children and youths, and that priority should extend to one of the most vulnerable youth populations in the Texas foster care system.

How Texas' foster care system is failing LGBTQ youth

By: Adam McCormick
Subjects: Social Work

Thousands of foster youth aren’t getting the care – and the love – they deserve.