A new study has revealed that there are no differences between high-risk children adopted by heterosexual or gay parents. This means that high-risk children who have been adopted from foster home by gay parents have a similar cognitive and emotional development to the one of those adopted by heterosexual parents.
The results of this study show that gay parents have no negative influence on the emotional development of their children. The study, authored by Justin Lavner, was published in the October issue of the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. Actually, this is the first study which compares children from foster care, adopted by gay, lesbian and heterosexual couples.
This UCLA study traced the kids progress over time. No less than 82 children from Los Angeles County have participated at the study. About 22 of them were adopted by gay parents at the age of 4. Children were evaluated on a period of about 2 months, one year and two years, naturally, after being adopted.
The same study showed that all adopted children, regardless of the family with whom they were placed registered progress. Children showed major gains in cognitive development, maintaining similar levels of behavior problems throughout the years.
Researchers claimed that at the time of adoption children had numerous problems, including prenatal substance exposure, abuse and neglect. Kids adopted by gay and lesbian parents experienced even more challenges. These high risk factors were found by researchers in birth records, court reports and family services reports. However, all children ended up in the same place, which is quite impressive.
This study shows that gay and lesbian parents are able to provide nurturing homes for children with high risk, such as any other heterosexual parents. “There is no scientific basis to discriminate against gay and lesbian parents,” a lead researcher said according to Instinct Magazine. After all “children adopted from foster care by gay parents fare equally in their cognitive and emotional development as those adopted by heterosexual parents.”
Currently, there are no less than 104,000 foster children in the United States. The results of this study may be great news for high risk kids which currently are up for adoption.