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Same-sex couples have the right to adopt

Adoption may be the only way that you want to grow your family. If that's the decision you've made, you deserve the right to apply to become an adoptive parent. You might think you will struggle due to being homosexual or involved in a same-sex relationship, but the truth is that children can thrive in a number of different circumstances as long as they are part of a loving home.

Same-sex couples have the same rights as heterosexual couples in the United States. That includes the right to adopt from most adoption centers and facilities. There are a few that still attempt to place children in heterosexual homes only, but on the whole, homosexual couples and singles have an easier time today with adoption than in the past.

One of the problems some same-sex couples or singles face is the perception of them being unable to raise a child or not raising a child who understands the details of a same-sex relationship. There may be concerns that the child will grow up while teased or taunted. Social workers do have to consider how a child will grow up if raised by same-sex individuals and how that could impact them into adulthood.

Fortunately, research has shown that children raised in same-sex households do just as well as those raised in heterosexual families when looking at a variety of factors to measure their overall well-being. If you struggle to adopt because others claim you are unfit to raise a child, you may be able to fight that claim for your right to adopt.

Source: FindLaw, "Adoption and Same-Sex Couples: Basics," accessed Aug. 11, 2017

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