Gay and Lesbian Adoption Argumentative Essay by hicaliber

Gay and Lesbian Adoption
This paper discusses the adoption of children by gay men and lesbian parents from the perspective of the social worker.
# 93377 | 2,375 words | 9 sources | APA | 2006 | US

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This paper explains that the number of children adopted by gay men and lesbian parents has increased as more state laws have relaxed the prohibition on these types of adoptions and as more social workers and agencies now are willing to accommodate and intervene for them. The author points out that this changing trend has lead to critical concerns about sexual orientation, the probability of molestation, teasing and harassment of the child, which have created a dilemma for the social workers between the need for adoptive families and the principles of his or her profession. The paper relates that research suggests that the adopted children of gay and lesbian parents develop normal or straight relationships with their peers and satisfying relationships with adults of both sexes; therefore, social workers should support this type of adoption as guided by their professional code of ethics.

Table of Contents:
History of Adoption
Reasons for Accepting Adoption by Gay or Lesbian Parents
Issues and Concerns

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Lev. A. I. (2006). Gay and Lesbian Adoptions. Family Pride Coalition: PlanetOut Interactive Services.
  • Meiser, R. and Velen, M. (1999). The History of Adoption. Arizona Children's Home Association: Destiny's Ink, com.
  • National Adoption Information ClearingHouse. (2000). The Social Worker's Dilemma. Children's Bureau.
  • --- Gay and Lesbian Adoptive Parents.
  • --- The Status of Gay and Lesbian Parenting.

Cite this Argumentative Essay:

APA Format

Gay and Lesbian Adoption (2007, March 16) Retrieved February 26, 2024, from

MLA Format

"Gay and Lesbian Adoption" 16 March 2007. Web. 26 February. 2024. <>