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Double Stigma: The Impact of Adoption Issues on Lesbianand Gay Adoptive Parents
Double stigma: The impact of adoption issues on lesbian and gay adoptiveparents

Lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) people form families in various ways, throughstepparenting, adoption, foster parenting, surrogacy, and donor insemination,each of which presents a unique set of issues to be addressed (Crespi, 2001;Matthews & Lease, 2000). For the lesbian or gay adoptive family, theusual challenges of adoption are compounded by the ambivalent attitudes ofadoption professionals; the social stigma attached to being gay or lesbian; thelegal complexity of forming, maintaining, and protecting nontraditionalfamilies; and the internalized homophobia of lesbians and gay men who choose toparent (Crawford, McLeod, Zamboni, & Jordan, 1999; Crespi, 2001; Martin,1993; Matthews & Lease, 2000; Ossana, 2000; Saffron, 1998; Strickland,1995).

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