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Top Five Facts About Adoption by Same-Sex Couples

Written by Evolve's Behavioral Health Content Team​:

Alyson Orcena, LMFT, Melissa Vallas, MD, Shikha Verma, MD, Ellen Bloch, LCSW, Lianne Tendler, LMFT, Megan Johnston, LMFT

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In the landmark ruling of Obergefell vs. Hodges in 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States declared same-sex marriage legal in all fifty states.  A year later, a federal judge overturned a law in Mississippi banning adoption by same-sex parents. This made same-sex adoption legal in all 50 states in the U.S. Here are five quick facts about same-sex adoption.

Top Five Facts: Same Sex Adoption

  1. Over 16,000 same-sex couples currently raise an estimated 22,000 adopted children.
  2. Data shows same-sex couples are four times more likely to raise an adopted child than opposite-sex couples.
  3. Same-sex couples raise 10% of adopted children in the U.S.
  4. The median age at adoption for same-sex couples is six years old, compared to ten years old for different-sex couples.
  5. Same-sex couples are nearly twice as likely to adopt interracially as opposite-sex couples.

Source: 

LGBT Parenting in the United States”

Gary J. Gates, The WIlliams Institute, UCLA School of Law, 2013

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