Palusky wrote. The announcement is a significant departure for the year-old organization, which is the largest Protestant adoption and foster agency in the United States. Bethany facilitated 3, foster placements and 1, adoptions in , and has offices in 32 states. The organization also works in refugee placement, and offers other services related to child and family welfare.
What does the scholarly research say about the well-being of children with gay or lesbian parents?
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We first hear of out LGBTQ parents around the time of World War II, mostly in the context of cases that denied them child custody after divorce from different-sex, cisgender spouses. Several other states continued to ban unmarried couples, though, effectively stopping same-sex couples from adopting until marriage equality became federal law in In the s, too, female couples and single women increasingly began to start their families together through pregnancy. In , the Sperm Bank of California opened as the first fertility clinic in the country to serve this market although many queer people had been doing home inseminations for years before. In , Matt Rice became possibly the first transgender man to give birth in the U. They are our queer parental forebears, regardless. A decade later, the Wisconsin Supreme Court was the first state high court to say a nonbiological mother may seek visitation after separation.
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Since then, the number of children adopted by lesbian, gay, bi or trans parents has grown year on year. CoramBAAF research showed that while most heterosexual couples expected to become parents as a matter of course, this was less frequently the case for same-sex couples. This was particularly true of gay dads, many of whom thought their sexual identity was incompatible with parenthood — despite having always felt paternal. Fears that children adopted by same-sex couples would face bullying or that their own gender identities might be affected are largely unfounded. In fact, studies suggest that same-sex families are thriving — they score particularly well in assessments of family relationships, parental wellbeing and child adjustment.
W hen Patricia Moreno was pregnant with her first child, she went through the usual existential doubts about how life as a new mother would be. Moreno, a life coach and fitness trainer from New York, had been trying to get pregnant for well over a year. She had been through multiple rounds of IVF and suffered a miscarriage. When she did get pregnant, in December , she and her partner, Kellen Mori, were over the moon, and then they started thinking. The couple's marriage was not valid outside the US or in many of the more conservative states; the baby, conceived by IVF using Mori's eggs and donor sperm, would not be recognised federally as belonging to both of them.