The median age of same-sex adoptive parents is 42, as opposed to 44 for comparable opposite-sex parents. 2; Gay Adoption State Laws. Same-sex couples in all states can petition for joint adoption statewide. Couples may be required to be in a legally recognized relationship, such as a marriage, civil union, or domestic partnership. 5.
Lesbians and gay men bring children into their lives in a number of ways. In lesbian couples, frequently, one partner gives birth to a child and the other partner -- the second parent -- becomes a legal parent through second parent or stepparent adoption, if that's permitted in the state where they live.Author: Nolo.
The other parent in such a partnership then can become a legal second parent through stepparent or second parent adoption. Not all states allow such adoption, however, and adoption laws vary from state to state. Gay men can also become legal parents of a child in a similar fashion through the use of a surrogate mother.
Many of us at LifeLong Adoptions are adoptive parents ourselves, and know first hand the sensitivity and ultimate joy of the adoption experience. As a gay and lesbian adoption friendly agency, LifeLong Adoptions believes in LGBT adoption, and specializes in assisting LGBT couples and individuals. Our philosophy is based on one-on-one guidance, providing adoptive parents with an adoption specialist .
Catholic opposition aside, research suggests that gay and lesbian parents are actually a powerful resource for kids in need of adoption.Author: Stephanie Pappas.