Friday, June 17, 2011

Census, adoption policy organizations report increase in same-sex-couple adoptions, out of sheer need!

The New York Times ran an important story about gay couples and adoption on Tuesday, June 14, based on 2010 Census reports, “Adoptions by Gay Couples Rise, Despite Barriers”, link here.

The story, by Sabrina Tavernise, focused on a male couple in Ohio that had adopted eight children, including five siblings.

Only two states now specifically prohibit adoption by same-sex couples, Utah and Mississippi. But in many states, only one partner can have legal custody.

The Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute is mentioned as reporting an upward trend. It had published a paper favoring that states cooperate with same-sex couple adoptions where the couples are stable and able to raise children, in 2008, link here. Now the, the newspaper story reports bluntly, same-sex couple adoption increases for two basic reasons: “the need for homes for children currently waiting for adoption — now about 115,000 in the United States — and the increased acceptance of gays and lesbians in American society.”

Bus stops in Minneapolis have seat banners encouraging adoption and foster care by single people.

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