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Fostering and adoption encouraged under same-sex family law

One year ago, it was announced that same-sex marriages would be recognized in California. While the fight of the LGBT community continues to get their marriages recognized in all states, these unions are mostly not frowned upon any longer. Similar to heterosexual couples, partners in a same-sex marriage often desire to have children and consider the various options available under same-sex family law.

There are thousands of children in state care who would love to be part of a loving family, and as most adopting couples prefer to adopt babies, the older children are often overlooked. Adopting a child may not be the right solution for every couple, and uncertainty may cause couples to hold back. However, the California foster care system allows parents a sort of trial run to help them decide whether adoption will suit both partners. To avoid day care issues, some couples choose to foster older children who are of school age.

A spokesperson for a nonprofit group said that many parents reject their LGBT teenagers because of their sexual preferences. These children often fit perfectly into the lives of non-traditional families. The nonprofit group reported that several same-sex couples in California have opted to foster older children.

Same-sex couples in California who are considering fostering or adopting children may be procrastinating because the legalities under same-sex family law seems intimidating. They may benefit, however, from consulting with professionals who could guide them through the process and also help them to be proactive in making decisions about the adopted children in the unfortunate event of a divorce. Same-sex family law can be a complex area to navigate, but with appropriate advice, a same-sex couple may find that bringing children into the family could enrich their lives.

Source: Los Angeles Times, "Adoption resource center pairs needy kids, LGBT parents", David Heitz, June 27, 2014

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