Gay Men Choosing Parenthood by Gerald P. Mallon

Gay Men Choosing Parenthood

byGerald P. Mallon

Kobo ebook | July 24, 2012

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Gay parenting is a topic on which almost everyone has an opinion but almost nobody has any facts. Here at last is a book based on a thorough review of the literature, as well as interviews with a pioneering group of men who in the 1980s chose to become fathers outside the boundaries of a heterosexual union-through foster care, adoption, and other kinship relationships.

This book reveals how very natural and possible gay parenthood can be. What factors influence this decision? How do the experiences of gay dads compare to those of heterosexual men? How effectively do professional services such as support groups serve gay fathers and prospective gay fathers? What elements of the social climate are helpful-and hurtful? Gay Men Choosing Parenthood challenges a great deal of misinformation, showing how gay fathers from different backgrounds adapted, perceived, and constructed their options and their families.
Gerald P. Mallon is associate professor of social work and executive director of the National Resource Center for Foster Care and Permanency Planning at Hunter College School of Social Work. He is the author of numerous books, including Let's Get This Straight: A Gay- and Lesbian-Affirming Approach to Child Welfare (Columbia). He liv...
Title:Gay Men Choosing ParenthoodFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:July 24, 2012Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0231508379

ISBN - 13:9780231508377

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Gay and Lesbian Parenting--an Overview
The Journey Toward Parenting
Creating Family
Community Responses
Gender Politics and Gay Male Parenthood: Implications for Child Welfare Practice
Appendix: Field Experience in Retrospect

Editorial Reviews

Gay Men Choosing Parenthood is well presented and easy to read... I found this book insightful and invaluable study into an area where there has been little research/