The 2000 Census reported that approximately 65,000 children were living with same-sex parents. In 2012, the number rose to 110,000, a rise of nearly 100%. As LGBT adoption and parenting becomes more and more widely accepted, that number will continue to grow. A poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International showed the support for Gay adoption was 53% as opposed to 39% against and 8% unsure. Along with wide-spread support of same-sex marriage and other basic rights for LGBT individuals, it's going to take some time, but the progress is encouraging.
The reality exists that some people object to same-sex couples or LGBT individuals adopting and raising children. They maintain that a child is best raised in a "traditional family" consisting of one man and one woman. However, all research in the area of same-sex couple adoption has come to the same conclusion:
- The children of LGBT parents grow up as successfully as heterosexual parents. In fact, not a single study has found that children of gay or lesbian couples to be disadvantaged because of their parent's sexual orientation.
- There is no evidence to suggest that gay or lesbian couples are unfit to be parents.
- Home environments with LGBT couples are as likely to successfully support a child's development as those with heterosexual parents.
- Good parenting is not influenced by sexual orientation. Rather, it is influenced most profoundly by a parent's ability to create a loving and nurturing home - an ability that does not depend on whether a parent is gay or straight.
- There is no evidence to suggest that the child of a gay or lesbian couple is less intelligent, suffers more from problems, is less popular or has a lower self-esteem than a child of a heterosexual couple.
- The children of LGBT parents grow up just as happy, healthy and well-adjusted as the children of heterosexual parents.
As with single parent adoption, LGBT couples or individuals need to find the path to adoption that will work for them. You'll want to find an Adoption Professional who welcomes same-sex couples or LGBT individuals. That professional will be able to help guide you down the right path.
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