Essay about Lgbt Adoption

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LGBT Adoption
New Jersey’s statewide parenting legislation espouses a progressive stance on the matters of same-sex parenting and child care in the processes of adoption and foster parenting. The Garden State allows for same-sex adoption; allows single homosexuals to adopt; and allows second parent same-sex adoption (Lifelong Adoptions, 2013). New Jersey has passed progressive laws and policies that prohibit discrimination charged against LGBT individuals in the adoption process (Lifelong Adoptions, 2013).
New Jersey state law also bans discrimination against LGBT individuals in the foster parent process (Lifelong Adoptions, 2013). New Jersey Statutes Annotated 9:3-43 enables for any person to adopt permitted the said person(s) pass a
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Secondly, joint adoption is when an unmarried couple can petition the court to adopt a child. Lastly, in the case of a second parent adoption, one parent has legal guardianship over a child and a second parent petitions the court to become a legally recognized co-parent (Blanks, Dockwell, & Wallace, n.d.).
Bans on LGBT marriage vary state by state, as a consequence, LGBT couples cannot petition for adoption as a married couple but, as single individuals. This creates the opportunity for LGBT couples to become legal parents of foster children since most states prevent unmarried couples from adopting. As a result of state to state differences in the question of LGBT adoptive parents, second-parent adoptions are either permitted or the laws are unclear (Blanks, Dockwell, & Wallace, n.d.). Blanks, Dockwell, & Wallace ( n.d.) argue that ambiguity in court decisions are prevalent regarding LGBT second parent adoption petitions. Blanks, Dockwell, & Wallace (n.d.) assert how a state’s unclear and ambiguous position on second parent adoption places the decision on the judge to rule according to his or her personal beliefs concerning homosexuality rather than the letter of the law. The courts of twenty-one states including Washington, D.C. have granted second-parent adoption availability to several individuals applying to become legal second parents or co-parents of former foster children (Brodzinsky & Pertman, 2012). Mississippi law bars same-sex couples from

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