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Foster Parenting, Legal Considerations in

Foster parenting refers to a situation in which an individual or couple is raising a child who is in the care and custody of the state. Foster parents must be certified by the county in which they live and do not have legal decision-making power regarding the children in their care. The process of becoming a foster parent varies from state to state and county to county. LGBTQ individuals and couples experience an added layer of complexity when they initiate the foster care certification process, given that they face heterosexist policies and individuals that may deter the certification process. This entry describes the legal considerations for LGBTQ individuals and couples who are foster parents and who are pursuing foster parenthood. First, foster parenting in general ...

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