Today there are more and more LGBT couples becoming parents through adoptions. If you are a prospective LGBT adoptive parent or a birth mother hoping to place her child for adoption, you might want to understand today's adoptive family process for wonderful parents and families of all identifications.
LGBT Adoption Statistics
- The number of same-sex couples who have adopted children has more than tripled, from 6,500 couples in 2000 to 22,000 in 2010.
- Of the 594,000 same-sex households in the United States, 115,000 have children.
- More than 4% of all adopted children in the United States are raised by LGBT parents.
- LGBT couples adopt transracially more often than heterosexual couples.
- LGBT adoptions have increased in exponentially over the last 10 years.
- The number of organizations focused on the rights of LGBT families has increased as well.
Studies on LGBT Parents
- The ability of good parenting is not influenced by sexual identity.
- Gay and lesbian parents raise children who have the same social abilities as children raised by a straight couple and sometimes possess higher emotional cognition.
- Same-sex couples who want to adopt a child and are usually older, more educated and more financially stable than other adoptive parents.
Studies on children of LGBT parents
- Studies have shown that children are more influenced by their interactions with parents than by their parents’ sexual orientation.
- Children of LGBT parents are much more self-aware and communicate about their feelings more openly. They also tend to seek understanding and empathy more than children in nuclear families.
The number of LGBT adoptions is growing exponentially, all the while making significant changes in the overall social atmosphere. The most important implication of these developments is the increase in awareness and embracing the many positive effects of LGBT adoption. It is only positive to be a part of a loving and caring family!