The Benefits of LGBT Adoption
An old argument is how influential is nature vs. nurture in the development of a child. Nurture is becoming important as the world and definition of family changes. The family unit is no longer the mom, the dad and the child. It can now mean a single father, a single mother, two moms, two dads and so many other ways.
As time goes by, LGBT adoptions also referred to as same sex adoption or gay adoption are becoming more and more common in today’s world. Unfortunately, there are still many controversies surrounding them, mostly that there are some states that refused to allow them. While there are a few states that are fighting against LGBT adoptions, Texas is not of them. Adoption Choices of Texas has many resources available for any type of adoption. A child has basic needs of shelter and love are ones that have to be met for all adoptions, but each has their own benefits depending on the adoption type.
Here are some of the benefits of an LGBT adoption:
It’s been proven that children raised in LGBT homes tend to be more open-minded. This allows the child to be more open-minded to themselves should they ever have questions and need a safe place to ask. It also leads them to being more open to the people around them. A child won’t notice that there is anything different about their family until they get to school age, and this is a good thing as it allows other children to realize there is nothing wrong with a family like this.
Children adapt more easily to new ideas than adults. They are also going to be more open minded when it comes to their own friends and peer groups. Just having that one friend you can go to that you feel safe talking to can make the biggest impact on someone’s life.
One of the most basic needs of any child is security. This is less about their safety and more about their environment. LGBT families tend to be more financially secure before choosing to go through the adoption process, which leads to a better environment. Many children are put up for adoption because the birth parents don’t feel financially secure in raising a child.
There is more to security than just being financial, though. While financially security is very important, a child needs to not only be secure in their environments, but also in themselves. Having parents who are part of the LGBT community allows adoptees to be secure in themselves, which is really hard to do for most people. Self-esteem issues are seen as a rite of age and that should never be true. A child should be allowed to have the security in themselves and in their family.
Another thing that allows them to be secure is a stable environment. An LGBT couple or individual is less likely to divorce than, say, a heterosexual couple. If a child doesn’t have to worry about their would constantly shifting they focus on themselves. There are already a lot of uncertainties that come with adoption on its own, but any security they can get from their environment and themselves goes a long way.
Overcoming Gay Adoption Adversity
LGBT adoptions also give the child a chance to see what it is to overcome adversity. Unfortunately, life always comes with challenges. There is no such thing as an easy life, even if it seems that way. An LGBT adoption gives the child a foundation of what it means to overcome adversity from their parents’ own experiences and the tools that are available to them. A major part of a parents’ role is to try to teach their child from their mistakes or experiences. It’s up to the child whether they learn from those experiences or not.
While this article is about the benefits of LGBT adoption, there are a few negatives that stem from societal views. You can’t control how people are going to view your family, as horrible as that may sound, but you can use that as a way to teach your child. Society is always going to have an opinion on something and your child and family’s happiness comes first. As much as the parents want to protect the child from things like this, it will help them grow as people and learn from those experiences.
The Benefits of LGBT Adoption
The goal of any adoptive parent should always be the safety and happiness of a child. Another goal is to give the child the tools they need to succeed in life. A LGBT adoption certainly can do that just as well as any other type of adoption. People have the tendency to get caught up and think a child needs the perfect white picket fence family, and that’s just not true. There are so many unique family types now that the mother, father and the two and half kids are just not realistic, especially the half a kid part.
Every year, society is changing and, hopefully, more states will recognize LGBT adoptions. How you raise a child shapes who they become and an open-minded, secure and strong person sounds like a pretty amazing person.
Don’t forget how amazing you are! Whether you are a couple or a single parent looking to adopt a child, or a birth mother looking to place your child for adoption. We are here for you!
As an expectant woman or birth parent, to learn more about adoption, contact Adoption Choices of Texas. You can call us at 888-307-3340, text us at 888-307-3340, or email us here. If you are hoping to adopt, please visit us here. We look forward to helping you through your adoption journey!
Meet the Author: Courtney Moore. Courtney was born in Huntington Beach, California. She is currently attending college for English with a minor in History. Her love for writing started at the age of 11 when she won a class competition for a personification of candy in a short story. In her junior year of high school, she was an editor for her school’s literary magazine. In her senior year of high school, her then English teacher told her that she should pursue a career as a literary scholar. The main reason she decided to not pursue that path is that her passions lied more in the creation of writings than the review of it.
She currently lives in Las Vegas with her very spoiled cat Abby, who she happily adopted from the local animal shelter. Courtney has been a supporter of animal adoptions her whole life.