100662: Policy and Practice: Examples With Fathers and Gay/Lesbian Parents

About the Course:

This course contains two articles. Article I ( Fathers in the Social Work Literature ) In this article, the authors examine how the social work literature describes fathers, especially noncustodial fathers. They note gaps in information about fatherhood in this literature and discuss policy and practice issues related to fathers. They also note that fatherhood has received comparatively little attention in the social work literature and that social workers need more information about fatherhood to develop policy and to implement programs to assist fathers. Article II ( Public Adoption by Gay and Lesbian Parents ) The authors examined policies and practices related to adoption by gay and lesbian parents in North Carolina. They review the literature concerning the changing definition of family and the impact of sexual orientation on the development of children and review relevant federal and state legislation and adoption policy in North Carolina. COURSE SYLLABUS Article I: Fathers in the Social Work Literature I. Introduction II. Methods III. Results IV. Discussion Article II: Public Adoption by Gay and Lesbian Parents in North Carolina I. Introduction II. Method III.Results IV. Discussion

Journal/Publisher:

Families in Society (Alliance for Children and Families)

Publication Date:

2003 /Vol. 84, No. 4

Authors

David Strug, PhD; Rozetta Wilmore-Schaeffer; Gail L. Kenyon; Kerry-Ann Chong, MSW; Melanie Enkoff-Sage, MSW, ALSW; Clifton Hill, MSW; Carrie Mays, MSW, PLCSW; Carrie Mays, MSW, PLCSW; Lauren Rochelle, MSW

About the Authors:

(Article 1) Associate Professor Wurzweiler School of Social Work Yeshiva University

(Article 1) Associate Professor Wurzweiler School of Social Work Yeshiva University

(Article 2) School of Social Work East Carolina University

(Article 2) Comprehensive Treatment Support Program North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

(Article 2) San Bernardino County, CA

(Article 2) Fresnius Medical Care Greeneville, NC

(Article 2) Broughton Hospital Morganton, NC

(Article 2) Broughton Hospital Morganton, NC

(Article 2) Brynn Marr Behavioral Health Care Jacksonville, NC

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, psychologists, and other human services and behavioral health professionals who seek knowledge about parenting. It is appropriate for participants with intermediate to advanced levels of knowledge about the topic.

Course Objectives:

  1. identify how the social work literature describes fathers – especially non-custodial fathers.

  2. identify gaps in the literature on fathers.

  3. identify some policy and practice issues related to fathers.

  4. identify policies and practices related to adoption by gay and lesbian parents in North Carolina.

  5. describe the literature concerning the changing definition of family and the impact of sexual orientation on the development of children.

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