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New Poll Finds Majority of Americans Favor Same-Sex Adoption

ParentingA new poll by Gallup found that 63 percent of Americans believe that same-sex parents should legally be able to adopt children. 

This finding was part of Gallup’s Values and Beliefs survey, which took place in early May 2014. Since Gallup started asking a variation of these questions in 1992, the support for same-sex parent adoption has risen over 30 percent.

The poll also found that a majority of Americans across all major political parties agree that same-sex couples should have the legal right to adopt a child (80 percent support among Democrats, 61 percent support among independents and 51 percent support among Republicans). Seventy-seven percent of young people between the ages of 18 and 29 are also most likely to support the idea.

Every day, more and more LGBT people are adopting children who need a permanent, loving home. HRC's All Children – All Families (ACAF) program has helped to open doors for LGBT adoptive parents by engaging adoption agencies in becoming welcoming and supportive of LGBT parents. The program also works to provide a framework for agencies to achieve safety, permanency and well-being by improving their practice with LGBT youth and families. 

Learn more about ACAF here.

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