Youth Perspectives on Being Adopted from Foster Care by Lesbian and Gay Parents: Implications for Families and Adoption Professionals

Patricia A. Cody, Rachel H. Farr, Ruth G. McRoy, Susan J. Ayers-Lopez, Kathleen J. Ledesma

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Abstract

This article presents findings from a qualitative study on the perspectives of youth who were adopted from the United States foster care system by lesbian and gay parents and includes focus group data from adopted persons and survey data from adoptive parents. This study fills a unique gap in the literature by hearing directly from the youth through focus groups. Findings indicated that children use a variety of strategies for sharing or not sharing that their parents are gay or lesbian and that many experience bullying and teasing that may be different than experienced by other children. The children adopted by lesbian and gay parents often perceive themselves as being more accepting of others, having more understanding of people, and being more compassionate toward people than those not raised by lesbian or gay parents. Suggestions are provided for training of adoption professionals and prospective families about the challenges and benefits for youth adopted by lesbian and gay parents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)98-118
Number of pages21
JournalAdoption Quarterly
Volume20
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2 2017

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© 2017 Taylor & Francis.

Keywords

  • Adoption
  • foster care
  • lesbian and gay
  • youth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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