Full joint adoption or step-child adoption or both is legal in 23 of the 56 European countries , and in all dependent territories. Another five, namely, Estonia , Italy , Slovenia , San Marino and Switzerland permit step-child adoption in which the registered partner can adopt the biological and, in some cases, the adopted child of his or her partner. In Croatia , a life partner may become a partner-guardian over their partner's child, which is to a great extent comparable to step-child adoption. In Greece , same-sex couples in a civil partnership may become foster — but not adoptive — parents. Several countries are currently considering permitting full joint or step-child adoption by same-sex couples. In December , Hungary explicitly legally banned adoption for same-sex couples within its constitution.
LGBT adoption in Europe - Wikipedia
Of the , same-sex couple households in the United States, , have children. Some people say that children need both a mother and a father to raise them, but there are many others who believe that gender does not matter when parenting. Over the years, the number of children living with LGBT parents has risen tremendously. As the trend continues, that number will only increase, as same sex adoption and parenting becomes more and more widely accepted. Please note that the information on these pages is for educational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional legal advice.
LGBT Adoption Statistics
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Joint adoption by same-sex couples is legal in twenty-seven countries as well as several subnational jurisdictions and dependent territories. Furthermore, some form of step-child adoption is legal for same-sex couples in five countries. Given that constitutions and statutes usually do not address the adoption rights of LGBT persons, judicial decisions often determine whether they can serve as parents either individually or as couples. However, scientific research consistently shows that gay and lesbian parents are as fit and capable as heterosexual parents, and their children are as psychologically healthy and well-adjusted as those reared by heterosexual parents.