Demographic and Social Issues of Same-Sex Adoptions

Part of the The Springer Series on Demographic Methods and Population Analysis book series (PSDE, volume 29)


A demographic analysis of adoption would be incomplete unless it addressed the current issue of gay males and lesbians as adoptive parents. This chapter addresses social and demographic issues related to gay male and lesbian adoption. First, is the background of the social, political, and psychological issues related to gay male and lesbian adoptions. Second, is the current (as of March 2010) status of legal marriage and adoption by state; noting differences by state in single parent, joint, second parent adoptions and foster care. Third, is an exploration of intercountry-adoptions to the U. S. by gay males and lesbians using data from The Hague Convention and the U.S. State Department to identify countries that allow or exclude adoptions by single parents, gay males, or lesbians. Fourth, are results of a demographic analysis of same-sex adoptions using IPUMS 5 percent sample of the U.S. 2000 census. Finally, this analysis is supplemented with the admittedly limited survey data: the National Survey of Family Growth Cycle 6 Attitude Question; the Evan B. Donaldson Institute National Survey of adoption and foster care agencies; and the National Survey of Adoptive Parents (NSAP).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologySam Houston State UniversityHuntsvilleUSA

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