Demographics of Gay and Lesbian Adoption and Family Policies

  • Mary Ann Davis
Part of the International Handbooks of Population book series (IHOP, volume 5)


This chapter explores demographic factors related to gay male and lesbian adoptions, and corresponding family policies. First, I provide background on adoption law and policy. This history and background will summarize the current state of law in the U.S., with a comparison to gay and lesbian adoption policy elsewhere in the world. The second half of the chapter draws on both survey and census data to examine policy issues surrounding same-sex adoption. I first examine the prevalence of adopted children in same-sex households in the United States, using census data. Next, I present survey data exploring the acceptance of same-sex adoptions, using two national surveys: The National Survey of Family Growth, Cycle 6 (2002) and the Evan Donaldson National Survey. These surveys sampled the informal acceptance of adoption for both placing agencies and the general female population of child-bearing age in the U.S.


Sexual Orientation Foster Parent Parent Adoption Unmarried Partner American Civil Liberty Union 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Sociology DepartmentSam Houston State UniversityHuntsvilleUSA

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