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What challenges can adopted children of same-sex parents face?

Making the choice to adopt a child is a very big decision for many couples. In the case of same-sex couples, adoption can give a child a very loving home. In some cases, a child who isn’t the biological child of either partner is adopted. In other cases, the child who is being adopted is the biological child of one partner and adopted by the other partner. In either case, it is important to understand some basic points.

Aren’t children of same-sex parents teased?

Any child, regardless of who the parents are, can be teased. In the case of children with same-sex parents, the teasing might be more pointed than for other children. It is important to note that studies seem to suggest that the teasing children of same-sex couples face doesn’t affect their self-esteem. In fact, adopted children might feel more secure since they have parents who chose to be their parents.

How can parents explain their relationship?

Each family will have to determine the best ways to do this on their own. It is important that explanations be age appropriate for the child. It isn’t likely going to be a one-time conversation. Instead, the parents might have to answer questions and discuss the issue several times over the course of the child’s life.

For any child, being in a loving and stable home is vital. It is possible for same-sex couples to provide just that for a child. It is important for any same-sex couple who is considering adoption to understand the process for adoption, as well as the criteria. Getting answers to questions as early in the process as possible might help you to make more informed decisions.

Source: FindLaw, “Gay and Lesbian Adoptive Parents: Issues and Concerns,” accessed June 08, 2015

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