From the earliest days of adoption in England, it has been possible for single people regardless of sexual orientation to adopt. Same sex couples could not adopt and although adoption agencies helped many couples by approving one of the couple singly, it took a change in law from December to allow adoption orders to be granted to unmarried couples including same sex couples. The majority of adoption agencies now have experience of assessing, approving and placing children with LGBT adopters and the UK is now one of the world leaders in this respect. There has been encouraging research recently into parenting by lesbian and gay adopters. A recent UK study shows, for instance that:.
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But recently, controversies have arisen over what role, if any, is appropriate for religious and other agencies that decline to work with gay parents or that give preference to coreligionists. Is it possible to balance the rights of prospective parents, the belief systems of private agencies, and the urgent need for children to find homes? Number one: gay couples can be fantastic parents and should not be banned from adopting or fostering children. And number three: our policy decisions should ultimately be aimed at what is best for these children, who have suffered so much. There are , children right now in foster care nationally, and of those, , are just waiting to be adopted. Studies show that these children, who are predominantly minority children, are more likely to end up in poverty.
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LGBTQ couples and individuals interested in pursuing an international adoption should inquire with their placement agency about specific country restrictions pertaining to LGBTQ adoption, as international guidelines vary greatly. Adoptions Together welcomes to opportunity to complete international home studies for LGBTQ couples and individuals if you meet intercountry eligibility requirements. The laws vary.
Reverend Matthew Bode has been with his husband since , after the two met through mutual friends in the Michigan community where they do social-justice work. In , they wed at a public religious ceremony attended by loved ones. Both men knew they wanted to be parents at some point, though neither felt the need to have a biological child. So, about a year and a half ago, they started to foster children in Detroit, a city Bode has called home since He and his husband are now in the process of adopting two girls—sisters—whom they fostered.