Examining Agency Practices Toward Gay and Lesbian Adoptive Parents
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, a "substantial number" of all lesbian, gay or bisexual people living with domestic partners are interested in adopting children. Public support for lesbian and gay adoption rights is mixed, but growing, the report stated. Gays and lesbians are an increasing segment of foster care adopters, providing homes for children who would otherwise remain in state care. Nonetheless, adoption by homosexual people remains a highly controversial issue.
With a grant from the Rainbow Endowment, the Adoption Institute is conducting a survey of adoption agencies to determine their attitudes and policies concerning adoption by gay and lesbian parents. This report, which will be released in 2002, will be used to help practitioners, policymakers, researchers and the public understand the barriers and opportunities for gays and lesbians to become adoptive parents.
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