Contact Between Birth and Adoptive Families During the First Year Post-Placement: Perspectives of Lesbian, Gay, and Heterosexual Parents

Rachel H. Farr, Abbie E. Goldberg

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Abstract

Despite growing visibility of lesbian- and gay-parent adoption, only one qualitative study has examined birth family contact among adoptive families with lesbian and gay parents (Goldberg, Kinkler, Richardson, & Downing, 2011). We studied adoptive parents’ (34 lesbian, 32 gay, and 37 heterosexual; N = 103 families) perspectives of birth family contact across the first year post-placement. Using questionnaire and interview data, we found few differences in openness dynamics by parental sexual orientation. Most reported some birth mother contact, most had legally finalized their adoption, and few described plans to withhold information from children. We discuss implications for clinical practice, policy, and research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-24
Number of pages24
JournalAdoption Quarterly
Volume18
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2 2015

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Keywords

  • adoption
  • adoptive parents
  • birth family contact
  • lesbian and gay
  • openness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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