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Adoption: Lesbian and Gay Adoptive Parents

Abbie E. Goldberg and April Moyer

in Encyclopedia of Social Work

Published by NASW Press and Oxford University Press


Published online February 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780199975839 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780199975839.013.1132

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Adoption by lesbian and gay parents is becomingly increasingly common. This entry presents an overview of the limited research that has focused on lesbian and gay adoptive parents. Specifically, this entry addresses the experience of adoptive parenthood for lesbian and gay parents, with emphasis on the decision-making process (that is, choosing adoption, choosing an agency, choosing an adoption type, and specifying child characteristics), the transition to adoptive parenthood, the psychological adjustment of the adoptive parents and their children, and the adoptive parent–child relationship. We end with recommendations for future research and implications for practitioners and policymakers.

Keywords: adoption; children; decision-making; gay; lesbian; psychological adjustment; transition to adoptive parenthood

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Subjects: Child and Adolescent Social Work ; Couple and Family Social Work ; Gender and Sexuality

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