Queer and Trans Foster Care: Intersectional Perspectives

deadline for submissions: 
May 1, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Kody Muncaster
contact email: 

Queer and trans people are overrepresented in the foster care system yet there are few initiatives to improve conditions for LGBTQ youth in care. Queer and trans youth in foster care may experience unique challenges such as: homophobia and transphobia from foster parents, foster siblings and social workers; having to go back in the closet to survive in group homes; being rejected not only by our families of origin, but also by our foster parents; living in areas where social workers cannot find a safe option for us because of homophobia and transphobia; being prematurely reunited with our homophobic or transphobic families of origin; being targeted for sexual abuse; and being placed with foster parents who are ill equipped to understand the complexities of cultural queer and trans identities such as two-spirit identity. This edited collection explores the perspectives of queer and trans current and former foster youth, queer and trans foster parents, as well as queer and trans social service providers to discuss queer and trans experiences in the foster care system. 

The focus of this volume will be not only to expose homophobia and transphobia within the foster care system, but it will also discuss possible remedies for those challenges. Due to the volume’s intersectional focus, contributors will be encouraged to reflect on how their multiple identities influence their experience and their work. Chapters from the perspectives of racialized contributors, those with disabilities, non-binary and trans contributors, as well as those who have experienced incarceration will be prioritized. This volume asks the questions: (1) what are proposed policy and structural changes that would enable a queer and trans affirmative foster care system, (2) what are queer and trans activists doing to change the foster care system, and (3) is foster care even the right solution for familial homophobia and transphobia? While both personal narrative and academic papers from queer and trans people connected to the foster care system are welcome, each chapter should include recommendations for the foster care system and/or the cultural crisis of familial homophobia and transphobia.

Possible topics might address one or more of the following (but not at all limited to these topics):

• Queer and trans affirmative social work in the foster care system

• Homophobia and transphobia among foster parents, social workers, foster siblings, and group homes.

• Raising queer and trans foster kids

• Policy recommendations for children’s aid, foster agencies, and/or governments

• LGBTQ foster agencies and LGBTQ-specific child welfare programs

• Challenges and opportunities with kinship placements

• Emotional, physical, sexual, and spiritual violence

• Religious foster parents and religious children’s aid agencies

• Abolitionist or reform perspectives on foster care and social work

• Racism and colonialism in the foster care system

• Two-spirit experiences, the 60’s scoop, and indigenous child welfare

• Mad and crip perspectives on ableism and sanism in social work

• AIDSphobia in the foster care system

• Urban/rural experiences, metronormativity, challenges in accessing services

• Critiques of the Structured Analysis Family Evaluation (SAFE) assessment and the home study process

• Transformative justice, mutual aid, and foster care

• Queer and trans youth suicide prevention

• Heteronormativity and compulsory heterosexuality in group homes

• Sex positive approaches to youth work

• Familial homophobia and queer trauma

• Queer necropolitics and deaths in foster care

• Grief, grievability, and mourning our families of origin

• Homonormativity and chrononormativity in goal-based case plans and child welfare programs

• Queer kinship, Ball culture, and the house system

• After foster care: aging out, queer temporalities, and the future of child welfare

Proposals should be made on one single-spaced page, and consist of your name and affiliation, email address, a tentative title, and an abstract (200-250 words). Please include an additional page with a brief biography (200-300 words) and relevant professional publications. All proposals should be sent as a single Word file of 2 pages to Kody Muncaster (iberson@usf.edu) by May 1, 2021.

Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by May 31, 2021 about the status of their submission and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters, ranging from 2,000 to 6,000 words in Times New Roman 12, double spaced text, inclusive of title, abstract, manuscript, and references, should be submitted as a Microsoft Word email attachment by July 30, 2017. Manuscripts should conform to 7th edition APA style conventions. See Author Guidelines at http://www.infoagepub.com/guidelines.html. Graphics and images may be included.


Abstract Submissions: May 1, 2021

Notification of invite to submit chapter: May 31, 2021

Submission of book chapter: July 1, 2021

Reviews of book chapter manuscripts sent to author(s): October 31, 2021

Receipt by editors of final draft of book chapters: December 31, 2021

Final book submitted to publisher: February 31, 2022

Anticipated publication: March 1, 2022