What about donor-conceived children? Or it is quite possible that the effect derives entirely from the stigma attached to such relationships and to the legal prohibitions that prevent same-sex couples from entering and maintaining 'normal relationships'. Men are capable of gentle, nurturing parenting. Same-sex attracted people may come to parenthood in many ways — though former heterosexual relationships, as a foster parent or a step parent. One of the crueler stereotypes that anti-gay activists try to perpetuate is that there is a link between being gay and an increased likelihood of committing child molestation.
Methodological limitations provide fuel for conservative arguments against the validity of these studies.
Why Gay Parents May Be the Best Parents
Today, more and more gay and lesbian couples are becoming parents, whether through artificial insemination, a surrogate or LGBT adoption. I'm going to go out on a limb and assume kids with gay parents hate shots just as much as kids with straight parents do, though. If you are a prospective adoptive parent or a birth mother hoping to place her child for adoption, there are some facts you need to know. Fourteen percent of kids of a lesbian mom spent time in foster care at some point, compared with 2 percent of the rest of the children studied. Jon Wertheim reports on how Jerry Selbee and his wife Marge used "basic arithmetic" to crack the code on certain lottery games. As of February 14th we have 3 spots available. Research has shown that the kids of same-sex couples — both adopted and biological kids — fare no worse than the kids of straight couples on mental health, social functioning, school performance and a variety of other life-success measures.
Gay parents "tend to be more motivated, more committed than heterosexual parents on average, because they chose to be parents," said Abbie Goldberg, a psychologist at Clark University in Massachusetts who researches gay and lesbian parenting. More than half of the kids adopted by gays and lesbians had special needs. Children of gay and lesbian parents are much more self-aware, they communicate about their feelings more openly, and show more empathy for people different from themselves. Those who decide to do it are thus likely to be extremely committed, Stacey said. Rather than comply, Catholic Charities closed up shop. For many, LGBT adoption is still a new concept and there should be more information about these adoptions to change those stereotypes.