The Pros and Cons of LGBTQ+ Adoption in Texas
The core belief of adoption is that family is love and that your family is more than your biology. If you are considering placing your child for adoption, you understand this idea, which is why you are considering adoption.
But, this outlook that your family is more than your biology extends to LGBTQ+ adoption. In today’s world, families are more diverse and blended than they ever have. This includes giving same-sex couples the chance to adopt children and have a family of their own. If you are considering adoption for your baby, the idea of placing your child with a same-sex couple has probably entered your mind.
There are some pros and cons of LGBTQ+ adoption in Texas to think about before making your final decision. However, you need to remember that we at Adoption Choices of Texas are fully supportive of not only the LGBTQ+ community but of LGBTQ+ adoption and parenting in Texas. This post, along with other resources at Adoption Choices of Texas, will be able to give you the key information around the pros and cons of LGBTQ+ adoption in Texas.
A Loving Home
One of the most important pros of LGBTQ+ adoption in Texas is that you can be assured that your child will be placed in a loving home with parents that truly want to be parents. It is not easy in general to adopt a child. There are many steps to go through, tests to pass, and a lot of hardships along the way.
But, this process is even more difficult for LGBTQ+ couples wanting to adopt a baby.
Old judgments on the quality or morality of LGBTQ+ parents have blocked members of this community from becoming parents to children who need an adoptive family. But the fact is that LGBTQ+ couples make just as good parents as straight couples. And in many ways, LGBTQ+couples appreciate the chance to become parents even more so than a straight couple because it takes a lot of work, time, and money to become an LGBTQ+ parent, even in today’s society.
An Accepting & Tolerant Childhood
Another pro of LGBTQ+ Adoption in Texas is that few people truly understand the need for an accepting, tolerant, and loving home than the LGBTQ+ community. LGBTQ+ individuals know all too well how important it is for a child to feel that they can speak their minds to their parents and be honest with them without fear of judgment, anger, or abandonment.
In LGBTQ+ homes, the parents will make it their mission that their children feel not only safe but feel they can truly be themselves around their parents. They want their child to have a stable environment to grow up in so that their overall health, but even more importantly their mental health, is good.
Now, this does not mean that LGBTQ+ parents just let their children do whatever they want. LGBTQ+ parents understand that there is a need for there to be rules, boundaries, and consequences in a stable family home. But LGBTQ+ parents understand in a personal way the need to have rules, boundaries, and consequences in a loving and stable environment.
Facing LGBTQ+ Discrimination
If you believe that LGBTQ+ couples have the right to become parents, there is only one con to consider for LGBTQ+ adoption in Texas; the discrimination that LGBTQ+ couples face. It is no secret that the LGBTQ+ community has been through a lot and continues to face challenges daily for their mere existence. Members of the community have to deal with many struggles daily, depending on where they are living and if their community is accepting or not.
That is something that you, as a prospective birth mother in Texas, have to consider before placing your child with an LGBTQ+ couple. It may feel like an intolerant thing to think about, but it is not. It is a legitimate concern, and members of the LGBTQ+ community understand that.
Luckily, we are living in an era of ever-growing acceptance and support for the LGBTQ+ community. Things are not perfect, but things are slowly getting better. Your child may have to deal with looks from strangers or ridiculous questions from society about their same-sex parents. But, if anything, this will only grow your child’s convictions of what is right and wrong. And more importantly, what should be viewed as completely normal.
The Pros and Cons of LGBTQ+ Adoption in Texas
The core belief of adoption is that family is love and that your family is more than your biology. If you are considering placing your child for adoption, you understand this concept. This outlook extends to LGBTQ+ adoption in Texas as well. Our society is changing and becoming accepting of diverse and blended families every day. LGBTQ+ couples in Texas deserve to have the chance to become the parents they have always wanted to be.
And you, as a prospective birth mother in Texas, may be able to give that couple their chance.
We at Adoption Choices of Texas will be able to answer all your questions regarding LGBTQ+ adoption in Texas. Your adoption team, in particular, will be able to help you take the next steps if placing your child with an LGBTQ+ couple in Texas is something you want to do. Regardless of what you choose, your adoption team will support you every step of the way!
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: Tara Giuffre has always loved reading and writing and grew up in the worlds of Narnia, Harry Potter and A Series of Unfortunate Events. Taking this passion for stories, she received a degree from Rutgers University in Journalism & Media. Besides writing, she likes long walks on the beach, spending time with her family (and her cat, Sansa), and baking the perfect loaf of bread.
She enjoys sharing vital information about adoption and birth mothers choosing adoption to families making important choices for their future family!