Discussion and debate about adoption and foster care by gay, lesbian, and bisexual GLB parents occurs frequently among child welfare policymakers, social service agencies, and social workers. They all need better information about GLB adoptive and foster parents and their children as they make individual and policy-level decisions about placement of children with GLB parents. This report provides new information on GLB adoption and foster care from the U. Currently half a million children live in foster care in the United States and more than , foster children await adoption. States must recruit parents who are interested and able to foster and adopt children. Three states currently restrict GLB individuals or couples from adopting.
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Lesbian and gay foster care and adoption: what’s changed over the last 20 years?
And, more importantly, the stated values and ethics of social work agencies in the UK suggest that they are committed to challenging discriminatory practices concerning lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer LGBTQ people. In , my co-author Janet McDermott and I published a new and revised edition of our book Lesbian and Gay Foster Care and Adoption , which we had originally published in , an occasion that gave us the opportunity, not only to consider how practice and policy in the UK has moved on but also to revisit some of the gay and lesbian adopters and foster carers that we had originally spoken to some 20 years earlier. Quite apart from the fact that some of them are now grandparents, it was fascinating for us to catch up with them and see how their lives as foster carers or adopters had worked out. This was not only because he now identifies as a transgender man, but also because he has seen his five adopted children grow up and go on to form their own families. Although Lee felt that adoption had brought him many challenges in his life, he noted how well all his children had turned out.
Five facts about LGBT fostering and adoption
Religious exemptions allowing child placing agencies to discriminate against LGBTQ prospective parents will likely reduce the number of families available to adopt, further overburdening the child welfare system and harming the best interests of children in care. February will mark the 50th anniversary 1 of Bill Jones finalizing the adoption of his son, Aaron. In , Jones became the first single man in California—and likely the United States—to adopt a child.
Since then, the number of children adopted by lesbian, gay, bi or trans parents has grown year on year. CoramBAAF research showed that while most heterosexual couples expected to become parents as a matter of course, this was less frequently the case for same-sex couples. This was particularly true of gay dads, many of whom thought their sexual identity was incompatible with parenthood — despite having always felt paternal.