Patterson, University of Virginia, American Psychological Association, 2005)
"In 1976, there were an estimated 300,000 to 500,000 gay and lesbian biological parents; as of 1990, an estimated 6 to 14 million children have a gay or lesbian parent. And, between 8 and 10 million children are being raised in gay and lesbian households. The US Department of Health and Human Services, Adoption and Foster Care Analysis Reporting System (AFCARS), estimated in 1999 there were approximately 547,000 children in foster care in the United States, of which 117,000 are legally free and therefore eligible for adoption. But, in 1997, there were qualified adoptive families (including single parents) available for only twenty percent of these children. It is also estimated that approximately ten percent of the U.S. population-or 25 million individuals-are homosexual."(NAIC - National Adoption Information Clearinghouse, April 2000).
But the social workers have their own reservations; they may contemplate about the raising of these children The child's thinking; about his/her own self, and their parents, when they compare themselves with children of heterosexual parentage, Will they be embarrassed because they have two mothers or two fathers, or because their single mother dates women or t ...