The Challenges Of Adoption In The LGBT Family

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Each and every day, the members of the Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transgender (LGBT) community are gaining more and more support. People used to think that if you were anything but straight you were an abomination and was less than those who were straight. But things are changing. As of June of 2015, members of the LGBT community are now able to marry whomever they want. This is thanks to a decision made by the Supreme Court, which said that marriage is a basic right that everybody deserves. But with all of the successes this community has had, there are still many problems that they face. One of those problems arises when they try to start a family. For most, adoption is the first and most popular choice for those seeking to start a family, …show more content…
One of options that they have is fostering a child. Although fostering a child is not as permanent as adoption, it is still a good way to get the satisfaction of raising a child. Across the United States, there are more than 400,000 children living in foster care system. If a LGBT couple wants to foster a child, they do not really come into as many problems as they would if they were looking to adopt. Many states allow same-sex couples foster children together, with both parents being the legal guardians of the child. That is assuming that the couple meets all of the guidelines that have been put into place for straight couples (Maxwell & Kelsey). Approximately 14,000 children in the foster system are currently living in households containing two parents of the same sex, which makes up for about three percent of all children in foster …show more content…
There are several different types of adoptions available. One of the types of adoption is stepparent adoption. This is when a person adopts their partner’s child, making both of them legal guardians of the child. Another type of adoption is relative adoption, which is when someone takes in a child from their extended family and take care of the child instead of the parent (“LGBT Adoption”). The last two types of adoption includes single-parent and second-parent adoption. Single parent adoption is when only one of the partners adopts the child and becomes the legal guardian of the child. A second-parent adoption is about the same as a single-parent adoption with only slight changes. In a second-parent adoption, both of the partners becomes the legal guardian of the child instead of just one. This is the most sought after form of adoption because it ensures that both parents will have visitation/custody rights in case a divorce or any other type of separation were to take place. Without being a second legal parent to the child, there is no law that says that the legal guardian of the child has to let them see the child (“Different Types of Adoption-

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