Community Resources

In-Home Services for Families of LGBTQ Youth

By Diane E. Elze, Ph.D.
University at Buffalo, School of Social Work

Efforts to improve child welfare services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer and questioning youths have largely focused on improving conditions for LGBTQ youths in out-of-home care. Although child welfare experts have long advocated that LGBTQ youths receive family centered services (DeCrescenzo & Mallon, 2002; Mallon, 1999; Mallon & DeCrescenzo, 2009), LGBTQ youths have yet to benefit from federal mandates for family support services and permanency planning (Jacobs & Freundlich, 2006; Mallon, Aledort, & Ferrera, 2002; Wilber, Ryan, & Marksamer, 2006).