A Research Paper on Gay Adoption

1922 Words Oct 19th, 2012 8 Pages

We have all heard the mantra that a child needs to be raised by both and a mother and afather. The qualities contributed by a man and a woman are each vital to raising a well roundedindividual and therefore the idea of having two mothers or two fathers is simplyunacceptable«right? Well what about no parents? No mother? No father? That child is bound to be well rounded
. So now the real question emerges: Is parental guidance by two parents of thesame sex really more harmful to a child¶s development than no parental guidance at all? In someminds the answer ³NO´ flashes in bright, blinking lights however, there are many, including themajority of Americans, who disagree. Laws banning adoption by gay and lesbian couples exist
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This is why applicantsshould be accepted based on their capacity to understand and meet the needs of a particular available child. Child welfare services believe that child placement decisions should be based onchildren¶s specific needs and parents¶ prospective ability to meet those needs (ACLU 2). In someinstances, the blanket exclusion of homosexuals as adoptive or foster parents means that a childcannot be placed with a family that best suits his or her specific needs. Ruling out families because of sexual orientation ties the hand of the caseworker by prohibiting them from makingwhat they think is the best placement for a child. For example, if a child eligible to be adoptedrequires constant medical attention it would only make sense that this child be placed with a parent who is capable of giving them this medical attention. Placing such a child with a parentwho is a doctor or nurse would certainly be ideal. However, what if this doctor or nurse happensto be gay? Do things change? Is the placement of this child still ideal or

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