Adoption, Legal Considerations in

Despite increasing rates of adoption by LGBTQ individuals and couples, there are legal barriers that continue to make this route to parenthood challenging for members of the LGBTQ community. This entry addresses the legal considerations faced by LGBTQ individuals as they pursue adoption. It presents the types of adoption available to LGBTQ individuals and couples, discusses legal policies and second-parent adoptions, and covers interactions with the legal system, including judges and attorneys.

Adoption Options

LGBTQ individuals and couples have options when they decide to pursue parenthood. One of the most common paths to parenthood that same-sex couples choose is adoption. The number of same-sex couples who become parents through adoption has increased over the past few decades. In fact, same-sex couples are more likely than heterosexual couples ...

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