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Joint adoption by same-sex couples is legal in twenty-seven countries as well as several subnational jurisdictions and dependent territories. Furthermore, some form of step-child adoption is legal for same-sex couples in five countries. Given that constitutions and statutes usually do not address the adoption rights of LGBT persons, judicial decisions often determine whether they can serve as parents either individually or as couples. The existing body of research on outcomes for children with LGBT parents includes limited studies that consider the specific case of adoption. Moreover, where studies do mention adoption they often fail to distinguish between outcomes for unrelated children versus those in their original family or step-families, causing research on the more general case of LGBT parenting to be used to counter the claims of LGBT-adoption opponents. Despite the small sample, and the fact that the children have yet to become aware of their adoption status or the dynamics of gender development, the study found no significant associations between parental sexual orientation and child adjustment.SEE VIDEO BY TOPIC: Did Florida Couple Adopt a Grown Woman?
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It was once impossible anywhere in the world for single adults to adopt children, and this is still the case in many jurisdictions. Elsewhere, however, single adults are now being actively recruited primarily because they are more willing than are married couples to adopt older or disabled children or to adopt across racial or other barriers.
This is true for single men as well as for single women, but single men seeking to adopt continue to be widely viewed with skepticism and are reportedly often judged to be inappropriate parents.
This paper reviews the sparse fostering and adoption literature on single heterosexual males and addresses the evident ambivalence with which parenting by single men is held among both child and adult mental health professionals. The paper also discusses the parenting styles of mothers and fathers, the ways that the central nervous system in both sexes has been found to respond to parenthood, the similarity of outcomes between single male and single female parenting, and the availability in North America of support and training for foster and adoptive single parents.
The paper concludes that, in general, single men have as much to offer an adopted child as do single women and that seeming discrimination against them by childcare agencies requires investigation. Core tip: Since contemporary definitions of masculinity have changed, men are no longer afraid to express emotions and to be nurturing fathers. More single men are now seeking to adopt children but, although male role models are very much needed for children in care, childcare agencies continue to be wary of single would-be fathers.
There remains, however, only a very modest childcare literature on single, especially single and heterosexual, fatherhood[ 2 ]. The relative lack of discussion of single male parenthood in the psychiatric and childcare literature is probably due to the assumption that heterosexual men have no innate desire for children unless they are in a committed relationship with a female partner. Men are said to priorize career over family[ 4 ]. Exceptions to this generalization are generally acknowledged, however, especially in the case of gay men.
Eighteen years ago, in , one in five male same-sex couples were reported to be raising children[ 5 ]. Gay fathers, when interviewed[ 5 ] clearly articulated their motives for parenthood: They enjoyed the company of children, they valued family ties, they wanted to nurture and rear children of their own, particularly once they had reached a relatively mature stage of life and had achieved financial stability.
Although, now that old-fashioned concepts of masculinity have become outdated[ 6 ], these same motives are likely to apply equally to heterosexual men, although the literature indicates that it remains somewhat unusual for unpartnered heterosexual men to actively seek fatherhood. This is the case despite the fact that, when comparing single mothers and single fathers, DeJean et al[ 7 ] found that single fathers were generally perceived in their communities in more positive terms than were single mothers.
Surprising or not, it appears to do nothing to change suspicious attitudes among the general public and child care personnel about single fathers who seek to adopt children[ 8 ]. Should the single man seeking adoption have a history of a stigmatized condition, mental illness for instance, his chances of fostering or adopting children through either public or private channels become essentially nil[ 9 , 10 ].
In the United States, single adults may now adopt in any state as long as they meet state-specific criteria for adoption[ 11 ]. In addition, over the last decade, many American States have added language to their child welfare statutes that protects persons with disabilities this includes psychiatric disabilities from discrimination when they attempt to exercise their fundamental right to create and maintain families[ 12 ].
Based on available statistics, however, most single adoptive parents continue to be female[ 13 ]; an apparent suspicion of would-be fathers remains prevalent[ 14 ].
It constitutes a form of anti-male sexism that is shared by many childcare professionals and is shown in a number of childcare proceedings, for instance by the failure to include fathers in case planning discussions around children, by the exclusion of birth fathers as placement options for children, and by home visits conducted when fathers are absent[ 14 ]. The method for conducting this minireview was to scour the social work, psychology, childcare, and psychiatric literature for articles about fostering or adoption by single, heterosexual males.
Very few articles were found. In that study which was not about fostering or adoption , a sense of duty and responsibility led the men to become full time parents. At a June meeting sponsored by the Society for Research in Child Development, the consensus of an interdisciplinary group of scholars was that these same motives applied to single men, both gay and straight, who sought to foster or adopt children[ 16 ].
The literature on male foster carers[ 17 ] is almost always limited to males who are part of a married couple. Exceptions are Gilligan[ 18 ] and Newstone[ 19 ] who talked to a range of men who foster children, among whom were a few single males.
Both these authors address the ambivalence towards males that, they claim, is often shown by childcare professionals. Both report that men are marginalized by social workers and childcare agencies because they are thought to represent a potential risk in the sense that foster fathers are often subject to improper sexual allegation. More rarely, men have, in fact, abused children in their care. Most child abuse in foster care is, as is true for aggressive acts everywhere, perpetrated by men[ 20 ].
On the other hand, a significant proportion of children who require fostering and adoption have, in their earlier lives, lacked a consistent male figure so that strong, dependable paternal role models are very much in demand. Over time, this demand has led to a gradual reconsideration of single males as potential foster parents. Two percent of these were single males[ 21 ]. The percentage today of single male foster parents is unknown, but is likely to differ in different parts of the world.
Singles were being actively recruited, they reported, for a specific reason - their relative willingness to adopt older, at-risk, and hard-to-place youth. It is known that the children who are adopted by single men through foster care in North America are usually older than average, more of them are disabled, and more of them are dark skinned[ 23 , 24 ].
Despite the willingness of single men to adopt hard-to-place children, the majority of single adoptive parents continue to be women because childcare agencies are reportedly still making it relatively difficult for single men to adopt[ 23 ]. This may simply reflect the ratio of women to men who seek adoption, but it does suggest that childcare agencies are not actively recruiting men. To better understand gender differences in parenting styles, Heslop[ 26 ] conducted an interview study of 23 foster fathers.
The participants in this study were co-parents rather than single men, but their stories speak to the way contemporary men conceptualize their paternal role. Historically, male ways of parenting have been described as limited to roles such as encouraging friendships, teaching life lessons, and engaging children in active play[ 27 , 28 ].
Fathers have been described as interacting with their children mainly through the sharing of activities such as sports, yard work and home repair[ 29 ].
Many studies, however, indicate that, over time, fathers who stay at home with their children increase the amount of time they spend in care as distinct from play; they create relationships with children based not only on shared activities but also on emotional expressiveness, tenderness and love[ 30 , 31 ].
Hook and Chalsani[ 32 ] are of the opinion that, faced with identical tasks, parenting behaviors of single mothers and single fathers become progressively more and more similar, gender differences being overridden by the necessities of single parenthood. In her recent review of single father families, Coles[ 23 ] supports this view. While it is well known that hormone levels play a defining role in this process in females, less is known about what happens in the male brain that prepares and sustains men when they become parents.
Recently, significant brain changes have been identified in new fathers, changes that facilitate increased vigilance and socio-emotional engagement, changes that are similar, though not identical, to those found in new mothers[ 33 , 34 ]. In fathers, these brain changes are not driven by hormones but are activated by the experiences of childcare. It is postulated that these experiences provide emotional feedback that progressively shapes and patterns the paternal brain[ 33 - 35 ].
There has been no specific research on outcome parameters in children adopted by single men who are not their birth fathers. All single parent participants in outcome studies conducted thus far have been biological parents who are separated, divorced or widowed. The Biblarz and Stacy review[ 36 ] hypothesizes that single-sex parenting fosters androgynous parenting practices, so that, as a result of necessity, the parenting styles of men and women become indistinguishable over time.
It has been known for some time that children in single-father or single-mother families do less well academically, on average, than children in two-parent families[ 37 ]. While this is true, and while parenting behaviors may also differ on average between single mothers and single fathers, Dufur et al[ 38 ] are of the opinion that such differences do not exert any perceptible long-term effects.
Parenting is universally acknowledged as stressful and capable of contributing to mental ill health in mothers and fathers. A United States study[ 39 ] reported that continuously single fathers had significantly more mental health problems than continuously married fathers.
This finding is supported by United Kingdom research on rates of common mental disorders in single parents of both sexes[ 40 ]. This research[ 40 ] found the risk to be almost twice higher in single compared to married mothers and almost three times as high in single compared to married fathers.
Among the four groups male single, male married, female single, female married , the lowest rate of mental disorder was found among married fathers. A relatively recent New Zealand study[ 41 ] with data on single parents and partnered parents, found that The relatively poorer mental health of single mothers compared to single fathers was attributed to socioeconomic factors since single women, on average, earn lower wages than single men.
This brief review about the current state of knowledge on single fatherhood strongly suggests that men on their own are able to adequately care for adopted children.
This has been made easier since pre-adoption training and post-adoption support for single parenting is readily accessible in many parts of the world[ 42 - 45 ]. Support and training are important for all adoptive parents, but probably more so for single men for whom this continues to be, for the time being at least, a novel role.
As pointed out by Atkinson and Riley[ 46 ], child and adult mental health professionals also require training so that discrimination against qualified would-be parents, whether single, male, gay, physically disabled or with a past history of psychiatric illness, ceases to dominate fostering and adoption decisions.
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Today, the couple has weathered the early days of the gay rights movement, the death of friends in the AIDS crisis and constitutional laws in their home state of Pennsylvania that have prevented them from marrying. Now, as lifelong partners facing the financial and emotional insecurities of old age, they have legally changed their relationship and are father and son -- John, 65, has adopted Gregory, It's a huge difference.
It was once impossible anywhere in the world for single adults to adopt children, and this is still the case in many jurisdictions. Elsewhere, however, single adults are now being actively recruited primarily because they are more willing than are married couples to adopt older or disabled children or to adopt across racial or other barriers. This is true for single men as well as for single women, but single men seeking to adopt continue to be widely viewed with skepticism and are reportedly often judged to be inappropriate parents. This paper reviews the sparse fostering and adoption literature on single heterosexual males and addresses the evident ambivalence with which parenting by single men is held among both child and adult mental health professionals. The paper also discusses the parenting styles of mothers and fathers, the ways that the central nervous system in both sexes has been found to respond to parenthood, the similarity of outcomes between single male and single female parenting, and the availability in North America of support and training for foster and adoptive single parents.
Unmarried Couples and Adoption
If you or your partner have children from a previous relationship living with you then you are a stepfamily. When stepparents are taking full day-to-day responsibility for stepchildren they may want to make their relationship with these children more formal. One way to do this is adoption. There are other ways now to take on parental responsibility for stepchildren and you need to consider what is best for the children, you and your partner. Sometimes that makes the child feel that they have to choose between different adults and later may blame you or your partner. The child loses all maintenance and inheritance rights too. It means you become the legal parent of the child forever and have parental responsibility. The court must look at all the options so you and your partner will need to consider the alternatives. If your husband, wife or partner is the only person with PR for the child, they can make a formal agreement with you to share PR. Alternatively, you can apply to any family court for a Parental Responsibility Order.
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Single men seeking adoption
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A group of children were gathered around Swan Lake in the Botanic Gardens yesterday morning. Watched closely by their parents, they squealed and laughed as they ran along the banks feeding the catfish, swans and occasional turtle. Among them was five-year-old Noel not his real name. The boy, who is tall for his age, laughed when a food pellet he threw landed on a swan's back. Unlike the other children there, however, Noel has two fathers. Last Monday, one of the Singaporean men got the green light from the courts to adopt Noel.
Можно ли ему доверять. А не заберет ли он ключ. Фонтейну нужно было какое-то прикрытие - на всякий случай, - и он принял необходимые меры. ГЛАВА 113 - Ни в коем случае! - крикнул мужчина с короткой стрижкой, глядя в камеру.
- У нас приказ. Мы отчитываемся перед директором Лиландом Фонтейном, и только перед. Фонтейна это позабавило. - Вы знаете, кто .
Северная Дакота - это Грег Хейл. Сьюзан едва ли не физически ощутила повисшее молчание. Оно показалось ей нескончаемо долгим. Наконец Стратмор заговорил. В его голосе слышалось скорее недоумение, чем шок: - Что ты имеешь в виду.
Как только получит денежки, так и улетит. Беккер почувствовал тошноту. Это какая-то глупая шутка. Он не находил слов.
Уже в дверях он грустно улыбнулся: - Вы все же поосторожнее. ГЛАВА 67 - Сьюзан? - Тяжело дыша, Хейл приблизил к ней свое лицо.
Он сидел у нее на животе, раскинув ноги в стороны. Его копчик больно вдавливался в низ ее живота через тонкую ткань юбки.
Не жалуюсь. Джабба вытер губы.
Дрожащей рукой она дотянулась до панели и набрала шифр. S…U…Z…A…N И в то же мгновение дверца лифта открылась. ГЛАВА 108 Лифт Стратмора начал стремительно спускаться. В кабине Сьюзан жадно вдохнула свежий прохладный воздух и, почувствовав головокружение, прижалась к стенке лифта. Вскоре спуск закончился, переключились какие-то шестеренки, и лифт снова начал движение, на этот раз горизонтальное.
Наконец он нашел его и снова выстрелил. Пуля ударила в закрывающуюся дверь. Пустое пространство зала аэропорта открылось перед Беккером подобно бескрайней пустыне. Ноги несли его с такой быстротой, на какую, казалось ему, он не был способен. Когда он влетел во вращающуюся дверь, прозвучал еще один выстрел. Стеклянная панель обдала его дождем осколков.
Хейл же был уверен, что галит - некий драгоценный камень, поэтому считал, что это прозвище вполне соответствует его выдающимся умственным способностям и прекрасному телосложению.
Будь он менее самонадеян, он, конечно же, заглянул бы в энциклопедию и обнаружил, что это не что иное, как солевой осадок, оставшийся после высыхания древних морей. Как и все криптографы АНБ, Хейл зарабатывал огромные деньги, однако вовсе не стремился держать этот факт при. Он ездил на белом лотосе с люком на крыше и звуковой системой с мощными динамиками.