The Benefits of LGBT Adoption
(AKA same sex adoption or gay adoption)
Ever since the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage in June of 2015, there has been an influx of LGBT couples getting married and starting families. The number of adoption by LGBT couples has increased tenfold in the past five years. According to statistics same sex couples are seven times more likely than heterosexual couples to be raising an adopted child. That said, birth mothers could consider an LGBT family when choosing a family to adopt her child. Below are some benefits of choosing same sex adoption.
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Providing A Home
Even though same sex couples and individuals are not able to conceive naturally, this doesn’t make them any less deserving of the triumphs and challenges that come with being a parent. This is one of the many benefits of LGBT adoption, and the most common way for same sex couples and individuals to start families.They are just as capable and loving as any adoptive family, despite the controversy that claims otherwise.
Working With Adoption Choices
Unfortunately, not all adoption facilities in the United States support adoption via same sex couples. Some facilities reserve the right to turn prospective adopters away on the basis of sexual orientation. When looking to adopt, it is important to research the facility you are adopting from, to make sure that it is a supportive environment. Another one of the benefits of LGBT adoption is that, with Adoption Choices of Colorado, you can be assured that we are allies.
Adoption Choices of Colorado works to ensure that LGBT adoption is available to all of the birth mothers, should they decide that’s what they’re open to pursuing. Like any other adoptive parent, LGBT couples and individuals are required to write an adoption profile, complete a home study and then become matched with potential birth mothers.
Intent to Parent
With there not being complete acceptance towards members of the LGBT community, it’s understandable to worry about roadblocks when looking to adopt. However, as a birth mother, considering a same sex couple as prospective parents is highly beneficial. There is a higher frequency of adoption inquiries by same sex couples, and you can guarantee commitment and love for your child.
Becoming a parent is a specific choice, that is made with integrity and intent. For many heterosexual couples, becoming a parent is a surprise or something that happens naturally. Because same sex couples are so willing and abled to take on the mantle of parenthood, you can anticipate high levels of investment and involvement.
Acceptance by Example
Another benefit of LGBT adoption is that your child is more likely to grow up as a tolerant and open-minded individual. A study done by Abbie Goldberg of Clark University in 2007 confirms this idea. Goldberg interviewed 46 adult children who’d grown up with LGBT parents.
One of Goldberg’s subjects said acceptance was one of the most significant lessons of her childhood.
“It gives me an understanding that people just come from so many different walks of life and that respect and an open mind and encountering the world with love and flexibility is definitely how I live my life.”
Many of them also feel less pressure to portray traditional gender stereotypes. They take comfort and pride in being themselves because they’ve had such a great example, and that is something that any birth mother should want for her children.
Happy and Healthy Homes
Statistically, there is little to no difference in achievements, mental health and social skills for developing children. LGBT couples and heterosexual couples are equally capable of building amazing families, so, as a birth mother, that is something you should consider.
Another fear is that being adopted by a same sex couple will result in a child identifying as something other than straight. This is fiction. Being raised in an LGBT home does not make your child gay, just as being raised in a heterosexual home does not make your child straight. As a birth mother who is considering adoption, there is no need to worry that your child would be pressured into identifying a certain way. That is an added benefit of LGBT adoption.
The Right Support
By placing your child with a LGBT family, you are giving your child’s adoptive family a new possibility as well. LGBT couples and individuals make excellent parents, and have the maternal and paternal instincts that a child really needs.
If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy and want to learn more about your adoption options, contact Adoption Choices of Colorado by email, phone, or text: Email Us, Call us: 720-371-1099, Call or Text us: 303-670-4673 (HOPE). If you are hoping to adopt, please contact us here.
Meet the Author: Katherine Burns is a journalism student at Loyola University Maryland with plans to pursue a career in the news and magazine industries. With over three years of experience writing for the Greyhound Newspaper at Loyola, Katherine specializes in Op-eds. However, she has recently branched out to cover a variety of topics, including education and sports journalism. She also has ample experience with travel blogging.
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