Gerald P. Mallon

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Dr. Gerald P. Mallon

Gerald P. Mallon is an American writer and social worker who focuses on LGBTQ family issues. He is currently the Julia Lathrop Professor of Child Welfare and Associate Dean of Scholarship and Research at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, City University of New York. He is also the Director of the National Center for Child Welfare Excellence and an adoptive parent.[1]

Mallon is an internationally recognized expert on LGBT children, youth, and family issues particularly as they relate to child welfare.[2][3] Through his writing, advocacy, and training efforts, he has influenced major changes in policy and practice concerning LGBTQ youth within the child welfare system.[4][5][6][7]


Mallon received a BSW from Dominican College in Blauvelt, New York in 1979. In 1980, he graduated from Fordham University with a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree. Mallon received his Doctorate in social work (DSW) from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York in 1994.


Mallon is the author of more than 29 books and over 100 peer reviewed articles.  Several of his publications have been translated into Japanese, Spanish, Italian, and French.

Mallon is most known for his groundbreaking research on LGBTQ+ youth and their families in child welfare systems, including:

We Don’t Exactly Get the Welcome Wagon: The Experience of Gay and Lesbian Youth in Child Welfare Settings (1998), which was the first systematic investigation providing empirical data on LGBTQ youth in foster care.

His more recent books and edited volumes include:

Strategies for child welfare professionals working with transgender and gender expansive youth  (2021)

Psicoterapia dell'età evolutiva assistita con animali (2019)

Social Work Practice with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People, 3rd Edition (2017)

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Foster & Adoptive Parents: Recruiting, assessing, and supporting untapped family resources for children and youth, 2nd Edition (2015)

Child Welfare for the Twenty-First Century: A Handbook of practices, policies, and programs, 2nd Edition (co-edited with Peg McCartt Hess, 2014)

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth issues: A youth worker's perspective, 2nd Edition (2010)

Social Work Practice with Transgender and Gender Variant Youth, 2nd Edition (2009)

Social Work Practice with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People, 2nd Edition (2008).

Gay Men Choosing Parenthood (2004)

Let's Get This Straight: A Gay- and Lesbian- Affirming Approach to Child Welfare (2000)

Children’s Books[edit]

In January 2021, Mallon entered into a new writing venture, authoring a new series of bilingual children’s books, The Adventures of Bruno and Frida: The French Bulldogs.  In the first book of the series, Bruno and Frida Go to Mardi Gras, brother and sister French Bulldogs, Bruno and Frida, go on an adventure in the French Quarter in New Orleans. The second book of the series is titled Bruno and Frida Visit New York City and is slated for release in the fall of 2021.[8]


Mallon has been interviewed for various publications including the leading newspaper in Argentina: La Nación Gerard Mallon: “Trabajar con jóvenes LGTBQ+ requiere mucha contención y respeto” (2020); The New York Times - Gay Youths Find Place to Call Home in Specialty Shelters, and When Louisiana lost its foster children: Katrina and Childcare

Keith Haring and the Grace House Mural[edit]

In 1984, when Mallon was the Director of Grace House (1979-1986), his friend and artist Keith Haring created a mural on three floors in the stairways of Grace House which has become known since its sale at Bonham’s called the Grace House Mural.[9]

The mural is regarded as a significant work of Haring’s and since its sale has been shown at museums nationally and internationally.[10]

Many other articles have cited Mallon along with Haring in relation to the Grace House Mural.


In 2020, Mallon was appointed as a Senior Fellow with the Child Welfare League of America.[11]

In 2020, Mallon was recognized as one of the CWLA 100TH Anniversary Champions for Children[12]

In March 2019, Mallon received the Ruby Leader Award from the National Association of Social Workers—New York City Chapter (NASW-NYC), recognizing an individual with more than 25 years of leadership and service experience in the social work profession.[13]

In 2017, Mallon was awarded the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Adoption Excellence Award, which recognizes individuals who “share and support HHS’s priority for permanency for children in public foster care." [14]

In 2014, Mallon was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare.[15] That same year, he received the New York State Citizens Coalition for Children Award[16] and the Family Equality Council's Holstetter-Habib Award.[17]

In 2012, Mallon was given the Louisiana Adoption Advisory Board's Award of Distinction.

In 2011, Mallon received The Judge Richard Ware Award from the Louisiana Children’s Trust Fund[18] as well as the Family Focus Adoption Agency's Child Welfare Advocate Award.[19]

Mallon's publications have also earned distinctions. He received the Academic Book of the Year award from the American Library Association in 2006 and 1999; was nominated for the Lambda Literary Award in 2010; and was nominated for the American Library Association's Gay and Lesbian Book of the Year award in 1999.

Conferences and Speaking Engagements[edit]

Mallon has delivered remarks and keynote addresses at conferences globally and has led trainings, workshops, and symposia. Most recently he has been asked to speak at the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) Annual Conference;[20] the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Annual Program Meeting; the Haruv International Conference at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem;[21] the Sexualities and Social Work International Conference in Montreal;[22] the European Scientific Association on Residential and Family Care for Children and Adolescents (EUSARF) International Conference in Portugal; and Haruv USA at the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa;.[23] Mallon speaks Spanish fluently and delivers academic talks and trainings in Spanish worldwide, including a July 2019 keynote address titled Géneros, Diversidad y Cuidados Alternativos de Niños, Niñas y Adolescentes at the University of Buenos Aires Institute of Anthropological Sciences.[24]


  1. ^ "Gary Mallon - Adoption Voices Magazine - Giving voice to the adoption community". Archived from the original on 2016-04-23. Retrieved 2016-04-12.
  2. ^ "Hunter Headlines for 2009".
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Gary Mallon: Gay Youth Find a Crusader".
  5. ^ "LGBTQ in Foster Care? A Struggle Amid Progress". Alternet.
  6. ^ "Profile: Gary Mallon, Ph.D." The Donaldson Adoption Institute.
  7. ^ "Adoptive and Foster Families of Maine, Inc. March 2016 Newsletter" (PDF).
  8. ^ author., Mallon, Gerald P. (24 January 2021). Bruno & Frida go to Mardi Gras. ISBN 978-0-578-24199-9. OCLC 1247078862.
  9. ^ "Keith Haring's Church Mural Has Been Removed From Its Site and Sold at Auction". Observer. 2019-11-15. Retrieved 2021-05-04.
  10. ^ "Keith Haring's Church Mural Has Been Removed From Its Site and Sold at Auction". Observer. 2019-11-15. Retrieved 2021-05-04.
  11. ^ "Dr. Gary Mallon - Honors and Awards". Retrieved 2021-05-04.
  12. ^ "CWLA Celebrates 100 Years – CWLA". Retrieved 2021-05-04.
  13. ^ "Silberman's Gary Mallon and Patricia Gray Receive NASW-NYC Social Work Leadership Award".
  14. ^ "Hunter's Gary Mallon Receives 2017 Adoption Excellence Award".
  15. ^ "Faculty Members Tapped for National Recognition".
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  17. ^ "Night at the Pier". Guest of a Guest.
  18. ^ "Louisiana Children's Trust Fund - Judge Ware Award". Archived from the original on 2016-04-23. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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  20. ^ "Opening Plenary Session". SSWR.
  21. ^ "The Haruv International Conference - Prof. Gerald P. Mallon". The Haruv Institute.
  22. ^ "Official Program, Sexualities and Social Work International Conference" (PDF).
  23. ^ "Haruv USA Lecture Series - Gerald P. Mallon, DSW" (PDF). Haruv USA at OU-Tulsa.
  24. ^ "Conferencia "Géneros, diversidad y cuidados alternativos de niños, niñas y adolescentes"".

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