The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore the strengths, challenges and needs of same-sex adoptive parents. This study employed face-to-face interviews with 16 self-identified same-sex couples who have adopted children who are currently school aged. Questions from a researcher-developed interview guide elicited responses about perceived strengths, challenges and needs of same-sex adoptive parents.
Findings suggest that respondents experience the most challenges surrounding legalities between local and federal policies; however, overall experiences suggest that same-sex headed families are being more accepted into mainstream society. Recommendations to other same-sex couples include researching the right type of agency to facilitate the adoption as well as couples being open to the traits that they want in their children. Recommendations for social work included being aware that same-sex adoptive parents hold the same values as heterosexual parents and being sensitive to the knowledge that same-sex adoptive parents are still experiencing some discrimination.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 49/05M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social work, GLBT Studies|
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