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.
Procedures for Gay Couples Looking to Adopt
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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. The profile should include details about your life, home, reasons for wanting a child, and plans for how you will raise a child, along with photographs that clearly illustrate the sort of home and lifestyle your adopted child would be entering into.
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Looking to expand your family? As of February , an estimated 16, same-sex couples are raising more than 22, adopted children in the United States, according to The Williams Institute, a national think tank at UCLA Law that is dedicated to research on sexual orientation and public policy. Still, gay and lesbian couples looking to adopt face unique challenges and deep-seated prejudices that continue to exist in some agencies and individuals, even as private and government organizations are making strides to ensure that adoption policies are fair. If you have decided to adopt, keep these tips in mind as you navigate the adoption process :. Same-sex couples that want to have children have a variety of options to research and consider.
Photo by Melinda Green. When the Supreme Court took up the issue of gay marriage last month, Justice Antonin Scalia claimed that experts debate whether same-sex parents are bad for children. Siegel, a School of Medicine professor of pediatrics, coauthored a report , published by the American Academy of Pediatrics the week before the court case, arguing that three decades of research concur that kids of gay parents are doing just fine.