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 THE ISSUES

Adoption

QUICK STATS

  • Between 6 and 14 million Americans have an LGBTQ-identified parent
  • 21+ states have safeguarded gay and lesbian adoptive parents

  • Florida and New Hampshire have banned queer-parent adoptions 

  • Arkansas and Georgia legally forbid gay and lesbian parents from foster care

  • Mississippi, Wyoming, Alaska, Idaho, and Montana have the highest rate of LGBTQ+ adoptions in the United States

  • Only 1/5 of all children in the United States in need of adoption are adopted 

 

According to the American Psychological Association

"Not a single study has found children of gay or lesbian parents to be disadvantaged in any significant respect relative to children of heterosexual parents"

 

summary

As the number of LGBTQ-identified parents continuously increases, many states have protected their rights to decrease adoption disparity. Nevertheless, several states continue to enact discriminatory legislation that prevents queer and transgender folks from serving as adoptive or foster parents. With the disproportionate number of children needing homes to children being adopted- it is clear that intolerance stands in the way of justice for homeless children. 

 

Resources

American Civil Liberties Union

GLAAD