Published Work

Applying Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs to LGBT Foster Youth: Practice Implications for child welfare professionals and those working in rural settings. 

Silenced, Shamed, and Scatted: Black Feminist Perspective on Sexual Trauma and Treatment with African American Female Survivors. 

Meta-stressors as Barriers to Self-Sufficiency Among TANF-Reliant African American and Latina Women. 

Providing safe and stable placements is a primary focus of the child welfare system in the United States. There are often challenges with finding successful placements for foster youth who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender for reasons related to lack of appropriate placements and resource availability and accessibility. For LGBT foster youth residing in rural placements these issues could be especially true and pose additional hardships. The purpose of this article is to provide child welfare practitioners a framework to assist in the service of LGBT foster youth and considers implications for rural placements. Challenges associated with LGBT foster youth are highlighted, followed by suggestions for future research, policy, and practice approaches to increase successful outcomes for these youth.

The African American experience is grounded in a strong religious tradition that does not adequately address sexual violence against women. This chapter offers perspective on how religiously-motivated heterocentric-patriarchy marginalizes Black female sexual trauma survivors. Recommendations are informed by Black feminisms in order to support culturally congruent practice. These interventions emphasize Black women's lived experience, raise awareness of multilevel oppression, and foster the empowerment of Black women. Basic treatment considerations for African American female trauma survivors and their support systems are provided.

doi: 10:4018/978-1-5225-9195-5.ch001


The mixed-method study examined welfare-reliant, female heads of households and the multilayered and persistent barriers they face in their attempts to obtain employment to sustain their families.  The results revealed an many simultaneously occurring “metastressors” as experienced by participants. The issue of intersectionality is explored in relation to gender and racial oppression and in terms of promoting positive social change.
DOI: 10.1177/0886109913484693

May 18, 2017

Bucchio, Jones, & Dopwell (2020). 

Jones, Dopwell, & Curry (2020). 

Bowie & Dopwell (2013).

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