While it has been legal for same-sex couples to adopt since 2015, when the Supreme Court ruled on marriage equality, prejudice persists against families like ours. Those wishing to adopt should understand that their rights are still at risk. Luckily, the process is far more lenient than in the past. The main concern of any adoption agency is the best interest of the child, but that doesn’t mean there are no hurdles to jump. Gay, lesbian and bisexual parents may be subject to bias that’s both conscious and unconscious.
Regardless of whether you’re in a heterosexual or homosexual relationship, you should be open with your partner about your desire to adopt. Having that discussion early on is crucial, as it’s one of the most significant commitments you can make. It will also help prepare you for the potential judgements you might face during the process.
A majority of Americans agree that same-sex couples should be allowed to adopt children, especially young people between the ages of 18 and 29. However, support for same-sex adoption drops with age, and a large percentage of religious Americans oppose it.
Many of the biases against gay adoption stem from old stereotypes. It was once believed that adopted kids from lesbian moms and gay dads would grow up confused about their parents’ sexual orientation or be the victims of bullying due to their family structure. Studies, however, show that kids raised by gay fathers and lesbian mothers turn out just as well as their peers.