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Public Adoption by Gay and Lesbian Parents in North Carolina: Policy and Practice

Public Adoption by Gay and Lesbian Parents in North Carolina: Policy and Practice The authors examined policies and practices related to adoption by gay and lesbian parents in North Carolina. In this article, they review the literature concerning the changing definition of family and the impact of sexual orientation on the development of children and review relevant federal and state legislation and adoption policy in North Carolina. Workers in a sample of 20 of the 100 county Departments of Social Service were interviewed. The results show that a lack of clear policy at a federal or state level and a lack of protection from discrimination made it difficult for gay and lesbian prospective adoptive parents to adopt. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of Contemporary Social Services SAGE

Public Adoption by Gay and Lesbian Parents in North Carolina: Policy and Practice

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Publisher
SAGE
Copyright
© 2003 Alliance for Strong Families and Communities
ISSN
1044-3894
eISSN
1945-1350
DOI
10.1606/1044-3894.138
Publisher site
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Abstract

The authors examined policies and practices related to adoption by gay and lesbian parents in North Carolina. In this article, they review the literature concerning the changing definition of family and the impact of sexual orientation on the development of children and review relevant federal and state legislation and adoption policy in North Carolina. Workers in a sample of 20 of the 100 county Departments of Social Service were interviewed. The results show that a lack of clear policy at a federal or state level and a lack of protection from discrimination made it difficult for gay and lesbian prospective adoptive parents to adopt.

Journal

The Journal of Contemporary Social ServicesSAGE

Published: Oct 1, 2003

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