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This entry describes the general phenomenon of foster parenting, and specifically, foster parenting by LGBTQ people. It explains the implications of foster parenting by LGBTQ people for child welfare practice. The entry also highlights the emerging changes in policies and practices that have impacted LGBTQ people’s experiences in becoming foster parents.

Foster Parenting: An Introduction

Federal guidelines define foster care as 24-hour a day substitute care for all children placed away from their parents or guardians and for whom the state agency has placement and care responsibility. Foster care placement is intended to be a temporary rather than long-term solution to family problems, with the intent of reunifying children as expeditiously as possible with their families, when it is safe to do so. Foster care is ...

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