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This chapter analyses how policies and practices in the U.S. and the Netherlands affect the lives of LGBTQ+ youth. We first present an overview of the situation of LGBTQ+ youth in the child welfare system (CWS), and the national and administrative policies and practices in both countries. Despite the gains of the last years in terms of LGBTQ+ rights, we face a current backlash of anti-LGBTQ+ laws and an increase in anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric. These anti-LGBTQ+ movements impact the well-being of all LGBTQ+ youth, but especially that of LGBTQ+ youth in care. Care professionals responsible for youths’ well-being are also exposed and influenced by this anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric, affecting their willingness to offer affirmative care. Secondly, we explore recent studies with LGBTQ+ youth in the CWS in the Netherlands that shed light on the ways to create safe and affirming care environments. Thirdly, based on a study with LGBTQ+ youth in the CWS in the U.S., we explore youth perceptions and recommendations to create a safe and affirming environment. The chapter ends with a number of recommendations for policymakers, care professionals and agencies to ensure that care environments offer appropriate care for LGBTQ+ youth.
Originele taal-2English
TitelChild-Friendly Perspectives on Gender and Sexual Diversity
SubtitelBeyond Adultcentrism
RedacteurenJose Antonio Langarita, Ana Cristina Santos, Marisela Montenegro, Mojca Urek
Plaats van productieLondon
UitgeverijRoutledge
Hoofdstuk9
Pagina's156-174
Aantal pagina's19
ISBN van elektronische versie9781003294719
ISBN van geprinte versie9781032279305
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StatusPublished - mrt.-2023

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