Reducing barriers to gay and lesbian adoption

David Brodzinsky, PhD Psychologist & Author, shares advice on what people can do to help reduce the barriers to gay and lesbian adoption
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Reducing barriers to gay and lesbian adoption

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We can reduce the barriers of gay and lesbian adopting beginning with the law. Supporting gay marriage is a first step for supporting adoption for gay and lesbian couples. Even in jurisdictions where it is permissible for gay and lesbians to adopt, there are still some restrictions on second parent adoptions where one individual is not allowed to adopt the child of their partner. We need to change those laws. We need to promote the positive values of gay and lesbians as parents. We need to have stories about gay and lesbian families in the media; on television and in magazines and in other ways in which people read about family life so this is normalized and people broadly understand that these are families like all other families.

David Brodzinsky, PhD Psychologist & Author, shares advice on what people can do to help reduce the barriers to gay and lesbian adoption

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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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