Challenges faced by gay and lesbian adoptive families

David Brodzinsky, PhD Psychologist & Author, explains the common difficulties that gay and lesbian couples face when trying to adopt
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Challenges faced by gay and lesbian adoptive families

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It is more difficult for gays and lesbians to adopt than heterosexual individuals. There are in some jurisdictions legal barriers. Even when agencies support gay and lesbian parents as policy, individual social workers sometimes make it more difficult. Sometimes, although state law allows it, individual judges are prejudiced. Also there are broad-based religious values that in time get in the way of agencies making placements with gay and lesbian individuals.

David Brodzinsky, PhD Psychologist & Author, explains the common difficulties that gay and lesbian couples face when trying to adopt

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David Brodzinsky, PhD

Psychologist & Author

David Brodzinsky is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and Director of the Foster Care Counseling Project at Rutgers University. He also maintains an active private practice serving the clinical needs of children and families, including individuals who are part of the adoption triad. Brodzinsky has written and lectured extensively in the fields of developmental and clinical psychology and is an internationally known expert in the field of adoption. He is co-author of such well-known books as, The Psychology of Adoption, Being Adopted: The Lifelong Search for Self, and Children's Adjustment to Adoption: Developmental and Clinical Issues.

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