[tags: Homosexual Couple Adoption, Gay Parenting] - America, as a nation, is known to be equal and fair to everybody.
It’s a nation that made black and white people equal, men and women equal, but why aren’t gay couples equal to straight couples.
The report closes with implications of this research for policymakers.
Key Findings • More than one in three lesbians have given birth and one in six gay men have fathered or adopted a child.
• An estimated 65,500 adopted children are living with a lesbian or gay parent.
• More than 16,000 adopted children are living with lesbian and gay parents in California, the highest number among the states.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. Census 2000, the National Survey of Family Growth (2002), and the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (2004).Currently half a million children live in foster care in the United States and more than 100,000 foster children await adoption.• Gay and lesbian parents are raising three percent of foster children in the United States.• A national ban on GLB foster care could cost from to 0 million.States must recruit parents who are interested and able to foster and adopt children.Three states currently restrict GLB individuals or couples from adopting.Several states have or are considering policies that would restrict GLB people from fostering.Recent government surveys demonstrate that many lesbians and gay men are already raising children, and many more GLB people would like to have children at some point.