An Intersectional Feminist Perspective on LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care: Implications for Service Providers

Amy E. Nourie, Victor W. Harris
2018 World Journal of Education  
LGBTQ children are overrepresented in the foster care system in the United States. These children are also at higherrisk for homelessness and suicide. While there are some legal protections for this population, more research andadvocacy are needed to help these young people thrive despite their situations. An intersectional feminist perspectiveon advocacy and queer theory could change the landscape of political activism and training for child welfareprofessionals. In this article, three
more » ... icle, three activist approaches to training are discussed as ways to revolutionize advocacy andtreatment of LGBTQ youth in child welfare. The authors propose 1) providing intersectional and feminist principles inchild welfare diversity training modules, 2) including the exploration of self-identity in these trainings, and 3)developing a better understanding of how heteronormative bias and perceptions of deviance can be perpetuated.
doi:10.5430/wje.v8n4p177 fatcat:oaoqnuvyhzbe5b2lgxu2ao57ym