Joint adoption by same-sex couples is legal in twenty-seven countries as well as several subnational jurisdictions and dependent territories. Furthermore, some form of step-child adoption is legal for same-sex couples in five countries. Given that constitutions and statutes usually do not address the adoption rights of LGBT persons, judicial decisions often determine whether they can serve as parents either individually or as couples. However, scientific research consistently shows that gay and lesbian parents are as fit and capable as heterosexual parents, and their children are as psychologically healthy and well-adjusted as those reared by heterosexual parents.
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By Rachel Stewart Johnson. This fall, Michael George and Chad Lord mark a milestone: the fifth anniversary of their quest to adopt a newborn. After varied efforts and thousands of dollars, the married couple from Washington, D. Two spaces in their home sit unused: One is a nursery, fully furnished. The other is "Grandma's apartment," a basement unit the couple built for George's mother, who intends to move in when a baby arrives. Another way has been to work on the one task that might hasten the day they become fathers: trying to attract the notice of a birthmother who will choose them to parent her child. At least twice a week since they started the Facebook page "Chad and Mike's Open Adoption," the couple posts a new photograph to illustrate their lives.
Once you and your partner have determined that adoption is right for you and your family , you need to do some research into the adoption possibilities. While all 50 U. Additionally, some states also require that a same-sex couple is in a legally-recognized relationship in order to adopt. Just as with heterosexual couples who are looking to adopt, your adoption agency will ask you to create an adoption profile.
As a crucial step toward parenthood for gay men and lesbians, LGBT couples should always consider availing themselves of the legal mechanism of second-parent adoption. Without it, the partner of a legal parent risks having his or her status as a legally-recognized parent questioned. As an attorney based in Maryland and DC , I have helped hundreds of couples and singles build their families. I specialize in Maryland second-parent adoptions for gay couples as well as for gay couples in DC. In fact, in some cases, both parents may be genetically related to the child — but for legal reasons, only one is recognized as a legal parent.