17 Gay Same Sex Adoption Statistics

Same Sex Adoption Statistics

With the ending of DOMA, same sex adoption equality is still a separate issue. Gay adoption public support as according to the Princton Survey Research Associates International accounts for the following.

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53% Support
39% Oppose
8% Unsure

According to the University of California in Los Angeles, 19% of same-sex couples are raising children as of 2009. This is an 8% increase from 2000. It is estimated that 4% of the adopted population in the United States, or 65,000 children live in homes with a gay or lesbiand head of household.

Households with Children in the United States

As reported by the United State Census Bureau, the following overall gay statistics overall account for households where child are present.

Households with Children
Married Opposite Sex Couples: 22,872,151
Unmarried Opposite Sex Couples: 2,267,016
Same-Sex Couples: 94,627

Biological Only
Married Opposite Sex Couples: 90.80%
Unmarried Opposite Sex Couples: 88%
Same-Sex Couples: 72.80%

Step or Adopted Only
Married Opposite Sex Couples: 4.40%
Unmarried Opposite Sex Couples: 5.20%
Same-Sex Couples: 21.20%

Combination
Married Opposite Sex Couples: 4.80%
Unmarried Opposite Sex Couples: 6.80%
Same-Sex couples: 6%

Adoption and Gay Rights Movement

A round table of women discussing the issues of adoption and gay rights and its impact on society.

Effects on Children

1. 50% of children from lesbian parents are stigmatized however, 2/3 of them developed effective coping mechanisms.

2. Among teens of lesbian mothers, no difference in quality of life is documented or impacts of being conceieved by unknown donor or not.

Gay Adoption State Laws

Different states throughout the United States have varying degrees of law. Here is a listing of what states allow same sex adoption and which ones do not.

Allow Same-Sex Couple Adoption
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
D.C.
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Maine
Massachusetts
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York
Oregon
Vermont
Washington

Allow Second Parent Adoption for Same-Sex Couples
Alabama
Alaska
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
D.C.
Delaware
Hawaii
Illinois
Iowa
Maryland
Massachusetts
Minnesota
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
Texas
Vermont
Washington

Not Allowed Same-Sex Couples to Legally Adopt
Mississippi
Utah

Orphan and Adoption Statistics

The below infographic captures the statistics of orphans worldwide and top countries where children are adopted internationally. The top 5 states for adoptions in the United States are listed with and outline of the process to adopt.

Adoption Statistics in the United States