Saturday, February 23, 2008

Will Study Give A Boost To Gay Adoption?

David Crary of Associated Press reported on a study which shows that adoptive couples spend more money on their children and invest more time with them through activities like eating and reading together, as well as discussing problems. The study was published in an issue of the American Sociological Review. It was funded by the National Science Foundation, the Spencer Foundation and the American Educational Research Association. Media that promotes the gay and lesbian community have been printing the article in full force. Their hope is that the study will help in the fight for gay adoption.

Each year nearly 20,000 youth age out of foster care at age 18 without anywhere to call "home." Without a support system and community services, they are at a high risk for unemployment, homelessness, poverty, substance abuse, and incarceration.

According to the American Psychological Association Policy Statement on Sexual Orientation, Parents, & Children, "there is no reliable evidence that homosexual orientation per se impairs psychological functioning. Second, beliefs that lesbian and gay adults are not fit parents have no empirical foundation." The Sydney Morning Herald has reported that only 50,000 of the 120,000 children available for adoption in recent years have found homes yet groups against gay adoption seek to reduce the number of available homes based on false perception and unfounded evidence about gay parents.


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