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Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Report Finds No Child-centered Reason to Prevent Gays and Lesbians from Becoming Adoptive Parents

The Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute Released a Report Friday that finds there that there is no child-centered reason to prevent gays and lesbians from becoming adoptive parents. The report examined the issues, laws and practices relating to gay and lesbian adoption and parenting, and considered the available studies spanning the last several decades. The Institute says that the effort represents "one of the broadest, most thorough reviews and analyses to date on gay/lesbian adoption and parenting."  The report is a part of a larger, more detailed project that will be completed and released in several months. The Institute also says that the report is an overview designed to inform and “provide context for the often-fractious debate over gay/lesbian adoption currently taking place in our country; and, most important, to provide information that can be used to shape best practices that focus on providing boys and girls in the child welfare system with safe, committed and enduring families.” According to the Washington Post, the report was funded by the Gill Foundation and the Human Rights Campaign, both active in gay-rights causes. However, The Donaldson Institute's executive director, Adam Pertman, told the Washington Post that the financial sponsorship did not influence the report's findings. Sources. AP, David Crary, Jeanne Howard, Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, Please click here to read the Washington Post article.  Please click here to take you directly to the Donaldson Adoption Institute Report. (last visited March 25, 2006, reo).

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