Though there are no current reliable gay adoption statistics for America, there are however, statistics on children in gay homes. In 1976, there were between 300,000 to 500,000 gay and lesbian biological parents. In 1990, 6 to 14 million children had at least one gay or lesbian parent. Between 8 and 10 million children were being raised in gay and lesbian households.
In 1999, approximately 547,000 children in foster care in the US, 117,000 legally free for adoption. There were only qualified adoptive families available for only twenty percent of them. Ten percent of the US population is homosexual, meaning a lot of couples whose biological resources for children are reduced are currently prevented from filling in the adoption gap.
As reported on the 2000 Census, about 65,000 children lived with same sex parents. In 2012, 110,000 live with gay parents. That’s over a 100% increase. Of the total amount of children in U.S. households, less than 1% live with same-sex parents. Therefore, children with same-sex parents are still very much a minority.
However, even though the children with same-sex parents are still part of the minority, they aren’t any less happy or liable to turn out gay as any other child with heterosexual parents. Studies show that children with same-sex parents do not necessarily have differences in self-esteem, gender identity, or emotional problems from children growing up in heterosexual parent homes. These well-adjusted children are actually more likely to grow into successful independent adults because of the support they receive from their gay parents.
As time moves forward we have seen the rise in gay equality rights, adoption rights and marriage rights become forefront issues within our society. More and more people are striving for equality for gays, and hoping that more children will be given the opportunity to have a loving family to support them. It’s unfortunate that too many states are still putting up a fuss about gay families and the equality they deserve, that it is actually hurting the children who are just waiting to be adopted.
Although it is hard to keep tabs on the amount of adoptions by same-sex couples because of their privacy to not face discrimination, we have still been able to see the acceptance and amount of families grow substantially over time. Hopefully with this sense of awareness and determination from the LGBT community as well as advocates, we will see an even larger increase in LGBT families with the years to come.
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