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

Hardcover | September 8, 2011

EditorDavid M. Brodzinsky, Adam Pertman

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The practice of adoption has changed dramatically over the past half century, with profound implications for children and families. Perhaps the most remarkable and controversial transformation during this time has been the growing willingness of adoption professionals to place children withsexual-minority individuals and couples. Yet, despite considerable research showing that lesbians and gay men can make good parents, they continue to experience difficulties and barriers in many parts of the country in their efforts to adopt and raise children. Indeed, while progress in this areahas been significant, it has been impeded by the homophobia and heterosexist attitudes of adoption professionals and the judiciary; by numerous stereotypes and misconceptions about parenting by lesbians and gay men, and by a lack of adequate guidelines and training for establishing best practicestandards in working with this rapidly growing group of adoptive parents.Adoption by Lesbians and Gay Men explores the gamut of historical, legal, sociological, psychological, social casework, and personal issues related to adoption by sexual-minority individuals and couples. Leading experts in a variety of fields address - and often shatter - the controversies, myths,and misconceptions hindering efforts by these individuals to adopt and raise children. What makes this book all the more valuable is that it provides insights and specific recommendations for establishing empirically validated best practices for working with an important sector of our society, fortreating all prospective and current parents fairly and equally, and, perhaps most importantly, for increasing a still largely untapped resource for providing families for children who need them.

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The practice of adoption has changed dramatically over the past half century, with profound implications for children and families. Perhaps the most remarkable and controversial transformation during this time has been the growing willingness of adoption professionals to place children withsexual-minority individuals and couples. Yet, ...

David Brodzinsky, Ph.D. is Professor Emeritus of Clinical and Development Psychology at Rutgers University and Research Director of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute. Adam Pertman is Executive Director of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 6.5 × 9.21 × 0.98 inPublished:September 8, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Susan Golombok: Foreword1. Cynthia Russett: American Adoption: A Brief History2. Adam Pertman and Jeanne Howard: Emerging Diversity in Family Life: Adoption by Gay and Lesbian Parents3. Annette R. Appell: Legal Issues in Gay and Lesbian Adoption4. David M. Brodzinsky: Adoption by Lesbians and Gay Men: A National Survey of Adoption Agency Policies and Practices5. Charlotte J. Patterson and Jennifer L. Wainright: Adolescents With Same-Sex Parents: Findings From the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health6. Nanette Gartrell, Heidi Peyser, and Henny Bos: Planned Lesbian Families: A Review of the National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study7. Gerald P. Mallon: Lesbian and Gay Prospective Foster and Adoptive Families: The Homestudy Assessment Process8. Devon Brooks, Hansung Kim, and Leslie H. Wind: Supporting Gay and Lesbian Adoptive Families Before and After Adoption9. Scott Ryan and Suzanne Brown: Gay and Lesbian Adoptive Parents: Stressors and Strengths10. Abbie E. Goldberg and Mark Gianino: Lesbian and Gay Adoptive Parent Families: Assessment, Clinical Issues, and Intervention11. David M. Brodzinsky, Robert-Jay Green, and Katie Katuzny: Adoption by Lesbians and Gay Men: What We Know, Need to Know, and Ought to DoIndex