LGBTQ in Child Welfare

A Systematic Review of the Literature

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

September 22, 2016


This comprehensive review identifies and synthesizes literature on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth in America’s child welfare system. It shares individual publication summaries as well as common themes and best practices for child welfare professionals and policymakers dedicated to building brighter futures for LGBTQ youth.

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Key Takeaway

Wanted: Better tools to improve the lives of young people in foster care that are LGBTQ

Child welfare workers needed a reliable, comprehensive toolbox for serving and supporting LGBTQ youth. Enter the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which called in the experts — the Public Research and Evaluation Services — to review existing literature about LGBTQ youth in foster care and to create a definitive resource for the child welfare field.

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