New Data on LGBT Families Tackles Stigmas
November 23, 2011 by Ellen Kahn, Director of the Children, Youth & Families Program
As National Adoption Month draws to a close, the time is ripe to highlight new data from the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute that points to the experiences and needs of LGBT families going through the adoption process, and offers best practices for strengthening adoptions. Adam Pertman, Executive Director of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, blogged about the new report earlier this week:
“Nevertheless, societal stigmas relating to adoption by lesbians and gay men remain, as do institutional barriers. These impediments do not further the best interests of children; indeed, they prevent or delay permanency for many, undermining their long-term psychosocial and academic adjustment. With over 100,000 girls and boys lingering in foster care, despite being legally free for adoption, we need to make every effort to find timely, permanent placements for them as well as for every other child, in the U.S. and abroad, who would benefit from adoption.
“…Until recently, few guidelines existed in the area of adoption practice relating to gay and lesbian parenting. In addition, little research had been conducted on adoption by LGBT families or on their experiences and needs in raising their children. That is why the Adoption Institute is providing best-practice guidelines grounded in sound theory, experienced casework and valid empirical data.”
Read Pertman’s full post.
HRC offers a wide array of resources for LGBT individuals or couples looking to adopt, or those already in the adoption process. Learn more. Our All Children – All Families initiative works to bolster LGBT cultural competence among child welfare professionals and educate LGBT people about opportunities to become foster or adoptive parents to waiting children. Find an adoption agency in your community.
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