Adoption by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) families raises ethical issues for some adoption professionals. In this section, find resources on ethical issues related to placement of children with LGBT families.
Double Stigma: The Impact of Adoption Issues on Lesbian and Gay Adoptive Parents
In Handbook of Adoption: Implications for Researchers, Practitioners, and Families
Emphasizes the challenges lesbian and gay adoptive parents face, including the ambivalent attitudes of adoption professionals; the social stigma attached to being gay or lesbian; and the legal complexity of forming, maintaining, and protecting nontraditional families. The advantages of having gay or lesbian parents are discussed as well as current trends and best practices for counselors working with these families.
Expanding Resources for Children: Is Adoption by Gays and Lesbians Part of the Answer for Boys and Girls Who Need Homes?
Examines relevant issues, laws, and practices relating to gay and lesbian adoption and parenting as well as presenting a review of studies over the past several decades. The report finds that there is no child-centered reason to prevent gays and lesbians from becoming adoptive parents and recommends that gay and lesbian parents be used more extensively to provide permanent, loving homes for children living in foster care.
Expanding Resources for Waiting Children II: Eliminating Legal & Practice Barriers to Gay and Lesbian Adoption from Foster Care (PDF - 256 KB)
Howard & Freundlich (2008)
Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute
Offers recommendations to increase the pool of prospective adoptive parents for children in foster care by changing State laws and agency practices to be more welcoming of gay and lesbian applicants.
GLBT Communities and Adoption: Courting an Untapped Resource
Discusses the high number of gay, lesbian, and transgender (LGBT) adults who want to adopt; barriers to adoption of children by LGBT adults; and strategies for overcoming such barriers.
Lesbian and Gay Foster and Adoptive Parents: Recruiting, Assessing, and Supporting an Untapped Resource for Children and Youth
Explores myths and prejudices that influence attitudes toward lesbians and gay men as parents, examines how the development of legislation over the years has influenced perceptions of lesbians and gay men as parents, and explores ways for social workers to support lesbian and gay adopters and foster parents more effectively after they have been matched with a child or youth.