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Gay Adoption Facts

A social shift is occurring. The incidences of gay adoption and gay parenting are growing exponentially. Find out the positive facts about gay & lesbian adoption and parenting.
  • Approximately 2 million LGBT people are interested in adopting.
  • An estimated 65k adopted children are living with same sex / gay parents.
  • Gay and Lesbian adoptive parents represent 1 in 6 single parents raising children.
  • There are 5 states that represent the top percentages of gay and lesbian parents: D.C. 28.6%, Massachusetts 16.4%, California 9.8%, New Mexico 9%, Alaska 8.6%.
  • The highest number of adopted children living with same sex / gay parents is in California, and is estimated at more than 16k.
  • Gay and lesbian parents are raising 4% of all adopted children in the United States.
  • Gays and Lesbians adopt at a slightly higher rate than married heterosexual couples. The racial/ethnic breakdown of children adopting by same-sex couples is 53% White, 14% African-American, 18% Hispanic/Latino, and 11% Asian/Pacific Islander.
  • Research suggests that gender-identity and sexual orientation develop in the same ways among same sex parents as they do among children of heterosexual parents.
  • Growing up in a gay household cannot make a child gay. Most gays and lesbians grew up in straight / heterosexual households.
  • There is no evidence that supports that gay and lesbians are unfit to be parents. Gays and lesbians are just as likely to support a child’s development, as are heterosexual parents.
  • On Average, same-sex couples raising adopted children are older, more formally educated, and have more economic resources than other adoptive parents. The average income for same sex couples raising adopted children is 102k versus 82k for opposite sex married couples.
  • Adopted children with same-sex parents tend to be younger and more likely to be foreign born.
  • Estimated 14k foster children are living with lesbian or gay parents, representing 3% of foster children in the United States.
  • Children are more influenced by their parents’ relationship with each other than with sexual orientation of their parents.
  • Good parenting is not influenced by sexual orientation. Good parenting is influenced by the parent’s ability to create a loving and nurturing home.
  • On average gay parents tend to be more motivated and committed parents than heterosexual parents because they chose to be parents. Gays and Lesbians rarely become parents by accident, compared to almost 50% accidental pregnancy rate among heterosexuals.
  • One consistent place that you will find differences between kids raised by same sex couples versus opposite sex couples is in the issue of tolerance and open mindedness. Studies have shown that children raised by gay parents felt more open minded and empathetic than people not raised in their situation.
  • Children of gay parents also report that typical gender roles are not as much as an obstacle for them. This is likely a result of gays and lesbians having more egalitarian relationships and gender stereotypes.

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