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Adoption by Lesbians and Gay Men: A New Dimension in Family Diversity

David M. Brodzinsky and Adam Pertman

Abstract

The practice of adoption has changed dramatically over the past century, with profound implications for children and families. One significant example is that many categories of adults who previously were prohibited (or at least discouraged) from adopting—such as single, lower income and foster parents—have been increasingly accepted as suitable adoption applicants. Perhaps the most remarkable and controversial transformation during this time has been the growing willingness of adoption professionals to place children with sexual-minority individuals and couples. Yes, despite considerable rese ... More

Keywords: adoption, children, families, foster parents, adoption applicants, lesbians, gay men, homophobia, heterosexist attitudes, parenting

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780195322606
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195322606.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David M. Brodzinsky, editor
Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute and Rutgers University
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Adam Pertman, editor
Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute

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Contents

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1 American Adoption

Cynthia Russett

2 Emerging Diversity in Family Life

Adam Pertman and Jeanne Howard

5 Adolescents with Same-Sex Parents

Charlotte J. Patterson and Jennifer L. Wainright

6 Planned Lesbian Families

Nanette Gartrell, Heidi Peyser, and Henny Bos

8 Supporting Gay and Lesbian Adoptive Families Before and After Adoption

Devon Brooks, Hansung Kim, and Leslie H. Wind

9 Gay and Lesbian Adoptive Parents

Scott Ryan and Suzanne Brown

10 Lesbian and Gay Adoptive Parent Families

Abbie E. Goldberg and Mark Gianino

11 Adoption by Lesbians and Gay Men

David M. Brodzinsky, Robert-Jay Green, and Katie Katuzny