The general consensus among politicians and child-welfare advocates is that every child deserves to grow up in a loving home. However, some lawmakers are taking steps to impede or deny those in the LGBT community who wish to adopt. This is done even when it could prevent a child from leaving foster care and joining a loving home willing to care for that child.
It is also done in a time when marriage equality is a reality for same-sex couples and the Supreme Court has shown support for adoption equality. In Nebraska, legislation was approved that would allow faith-based foster care agencies to avoid working with same-sex couples without penalty. North Carolina passed legislation that would allow state-funded foster care and adoption agencies to avoid same-sex couples without penalty. In fact, the legislation passed forbids the government from taking any action even if the agency received state funding.
One of the main reasons for passing such legislation is the belief that children should have both a mother and a father. It is thought that children who have two mothers or two fathers may be unduly harmed either physically or emotionally. However, several groups, such as the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Association of Family Physicians, say that there is no evidence to support such as assertion.
Those who wish to grow their families through adoption may wish to talk to an attorney before doing so. An attorney may be able to help same-sex couples overcome any special rules or circumstances that they may face under state law.