The following blog was written for Mombian by LGBT blogger/writer Dana Rudolph
I’ve written a lot about adoption lately—some great new resources have just come out, including a book looking at recent research on adoption by lesbians and gay men, edited by David Brodzinsky and Adam Pertman of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, and a major new 69-page report on best practices in adoption by lesbians and gay men, from the same organization.
To my mind, the key takeaways from all of the above material are these:
- Over 65,500 adoptive children and 14,000 foster children are already being raised by gay or lesbian parents in the U.S.
- All of the legitimate, peer-reviewed, academic studies that have been done show that children being raised by lesbian or gay parents are as well-adjusted as any others. These findings are supported by major professional organizations, including the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Child Welfare League of America.
- Finally—do the math: Over 115,000 children are still waiting for adoptive homes, whileover two million LGB people are interested in adopting. (Presumably, many transgender people are also interested in adopting, too, but there has been less research on them.)
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