Special Article: The American Academy of Pediatrics Coparent or Second-Parent Adoption by Same-Sex Parents Policy Statement: Its Science, Its Implications

  • Kenneth Haller

DOI: 10.1023/A:1020388715726

Cite this article as:
Haller, K. Journal of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (2002) 6: 29. doi:10.1023/A:1020388715726


In February 2002, the American Academy of Pediatrics released a Policy Statement entitled Coparent or Second-Parent Adoption by Same-Sex Parents encouraging members to “Advocate for initiatives that establish permanency through coparent or second-parent adoption for children of same-sex partners.” The Policy Statement is based upon the best available science and has resulted in a wide-ranging debate on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) issues both inside and outside the Academy. Overall, the Policy Statement is likely to have a positive effect on the movement for equal rights for LGBT persons through both legislation and judicial rulings.

American Academy of Pediatrics policy statements gay parenting same-sex adoption LGBT equal rights 

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© Gay and Lesbian Medical Association 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kenneth Haller
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PediatricsSaint Louis University School of MedicineSt. Louis

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