• Adopted children with same-sex parents are younger and more likely to be foreign born.
• Adopted children with same-sex parents are younger and more likely to be foreign born.• An estimated 14,100 foster children are living with lesbian or gay parents.• More than half of gay men and 41 percent of lesbians want to have a child.
While GLB parents are similar in many ways to other kinds of parents, we identify several differences in the key findings below.
The report concludes with an assessment of how proposed bans on allowing GLB individuals and couples to foster might affect foster care systems and fostered children.
The report provides estimates of the number of adopted and fostered children of lesbians and gay men and describes the demographic characteristics of parents and children.
We compare gay and lesbian parents and their adopted and fostered children to parents and children in other family arrangements, including married and unmarried different-sex couples and single parents (who might be heterosexual or GLB).
• 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.We estimate that two million GLB people have considered adoption.Since prior research shows that less than one-fifth of adoption agencies attempt to recruit adoptive parents from the GLB community, our findings suggest that GLB people are an underutilized pool of potential adoptive parents.• 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.[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.