Discussion and debate about adoption and foster care by gay, lesbian, and bisexual GLB parents occurs frequently among child welfare policymakers, social service agencies, and social workers. They all need better information about GLB adoptive and foster parents and their children as they make individual and policy-level decisions about placement of children with GLB parents. This report provides new information on GLB adoption and foster care from the U. Currently half a million children live in foster care in the United States and more than , foster children await adoption. States must recruit parents who are interested and able to foster and adopt children.
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And, more importantly, the stated values and ethics of social work agencies in the UK suggest that they are committed to challenging discriminatory practices concerning lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer LGBTQ people. In , my co-author Janet McDermott and I published a new and revised edition of our book Lesbian and Gay Foster Care and Adoption , which we had originally published in , an occasion that gave us the opportunity, not only to consider how practice and policy in the UK has moved on but also to revisit some of the gay and lesbian adopters and foster carers that we had originally spoken to some 20 years earlier. Quite apart from the fact that some of them are now grandparents, it was fascinating for us to catch up with them and see how their lives as foster carers or adopters had worked out. This was not only because he now identifies as a transgender man, but also because he has seen his five adopted children grow up and go on to form their own families.
Adoption and Foster Care by Gay and Lesbian Parents in the United States
Yesterday, Rep. Researchers estimated that as many as 2 million LGBT people are interested in adoption. Whereas some states outright ban LGBT people from adopting, a vast majority of states are merely silent on the issue, which means it is perfectly legal for child welfare agencies to discriminate against potential foster and adoptive parents who are LGBT. This is especially problematic when states in need of adoptive homes for children consistently report finding interested, qualified families who want to adopt as one of their biggest obstacles.
Click below to become a member of MAP. Laws that explicitly mention sexual orientation primarily protect or harm lesbian, gay, and bisexual people. That said, transgender people who are lesbian, gay or bisexual can be affected by laws that explicitly mention sexual orientation. Gender identity and expression are independent of sexual orientation, and transgender people may identify as heterosexual, lesbian, gay or bisexual. These laws also can apply to people who are not transgender, but whose sense of gender or manner of dress does not adhere to gender stereotypes.