Parenting and child development in adoptive families

Applied Development Science

Volume 14, Issue 3 July 2010

In this study, University of Virginia and George Washington University researchers studied preschoolers who were adopted at birth by 27 lesbian couples, 29 gay male couples and 50 heterosexual couples. The researchers determined that it’s the quality of the parenting that creates a psychologically healthy child, not the sexual orientation of the parents. The researchers conclude that their new findings should lead to the end of existing bans on adoption by same-sex couples in the United States. [PDF]