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Gay Adoption: Top Ten Facts You Need to Know

We welcome all kinds of future families at Reach Adoption.

If you are a gay couple or same-sex couple looking to adopt, we’ve gathered some research and resources you might find helpful.

1.  The good news: in the last ten years, the number of gay men and lesbian adoptions has increased. The number of children living with one gay parent numbers anywhere from six to fourteen million, according to the American Civic Liberties Union. The passage of DOMA will only increase the need for loving adoptive parents.

2.  Also from the ACLU: there is a critical shortage of adoptive and foster parents in the United States. As a result, many children have no permanent homes, while others are forced to survive in an endless series of substandard foster homes. Getting these children into loving homes is critical.

3.  There is no conclusive evidence that an adopted child living with same sex parents will turn out to be gay. Source

4. Though children of gay parents often face discrimination and teasing, childhood is never easy for any child, regardless of their parent type. Source

5. Children of gay parents perform as well in school, at sports, and in extracurriculars as peers with heterosexual parents. Source

6. Children of gay parents are more self aware, more adept at communicating their feelings, and exhibit more empathy for people different from themselves. Source

7. Same-sex, gay men or lesbian couples are more open to adopting bi-racial children. Source

8. Living arrangements—and what constitutes a family—have changed radically in the last thirty years.  According to the 2012 U.S. Census, households that were married couples with children under18 halved from 40 percent to 20 percent. Source

9. States that allow for adoption by same-sex couples include California, Connecticut, Washington D.C., Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon and Vermont.

10. Agencies that provide gay adoption services as part of the All Children – All Families Initiative, a project of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation that provides a framework for agencies to achieve safety, permanency and well-being by improving their practice with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth and families. http://itsconceivablenow.com/adoption-agencies/

So if you are or lesbian and looking to adopt Click Here to find out exactly how Reach Adoption can help you with your dream.

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