Gay Parents Not To Blame

A recent study shows that gay or straight, sexual orientation doesn’t play a part in the happiness of adopted kids.

 

 

In the wake of Ukraine’s government rejecting Elton John’s adoption request, a recent study from the US has shown that several other factors may influence an adopted child’s emotional well-being, but having two dads isn’t one of them.

 

“We found that sexual orientation of the adoptive parents was not a significant predictor of emotional problems,” Paige Averett, an assistant professor of social work at East Carolina University, told Reuters. “We did find, however, that age and pre-adoptive sexual abuse were,” says Averett.

 

Following a joint study between The University of Texas School of Social Work and East Carolina University, findings were published in recent Adoption Quarterly. Surveying around 1,400 United States couples, including 155 gay parents, co-author Scott Ryan from University of Texas says the study shows, “people are people.”

 

“Our research shows that there is no difference in children raised by gay or lesbian parents and heterosexual parents,” says Ryan.

 

Authors of the study also indicated that the positive results could mean changes in America’s adoption system. With an estimated 130,000 children waiting to be adopted and same-sex couples lining up to take them, according to co-author Paige Averett, the children “are depending on us to act as informed advocates on their behalf.”

 

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