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Pragmatic Imbalances: Australian Lesbian and Gay Foster Carers Negotiating the Current Legal Context

Damien Riggs is a lecturer in social work at Flinders University.

This article explores the current Australian legal and policy context in detail, and the ways in which it is negotiated by a sample of Australian lesbian and gay foster carers. Specifically, it is noted that many participants reported negotiating what are termed here ‘pragmatic imbalances’: they were willing to prioritise the rights or possible needs of children in their care over and above their own.

(2010) 28 No 1 Law in Context 65

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