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date: 15 April 2024

Adoption: Lesbian and Gay Adoptive Parentslocked

Adoption: Lesbian and Gay Adoptive Parentslocked

  • Abbie E. GoldbergAbbie E. GoldbergDepartment of Psychology, Clark University
  •  and April MoyerApril MoyerDepartment of Psychology, Clark University


Adoption by lesbian and gay parents is becomingly increasingly common. This entry presents an overview of the limited research that has focused on lesbian and gay adoptive parents. Specifically, this entry addresses the experience of adoptive parenthood for lesbian and gay parents, with emphasis on the decision-making process (that is, choosing adoption, choosing an agency, choosing an adoption type, and specifying child characteristics), the transition to adoptive parenthood, the psychological adjustment of the adoptive parents and their children, and the adoptive parent–child relationship. We end with recommendations for future research and implications for practitioners and policymakers.


  • Children and Adolescents
  • Couples and Families
  • Gender and Sexuality

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