Adoption by same-sex couples has been a mixed-bag of rewards and setbacks throughout the United States for many years. Since the 1990s, however, the tide has changed in the country, with many states allowing gay and lesbian couples to adopt.
Here in Georgia, step-parent adoptions aren’t allowed because same-sex marriage isn’t legal. However, for many gay and lesbian couples, there’s a way around that: second parent adoptions.
It isn’t permitted throughout the state. In fact, chances are, unless you go on a certain day and get a certain judge in Atlanta in Fulton or Dekalb county or Athens in Clarke County, you won’t succeed in your quest for dual dad or mom status.
Once upon a time, most same-sex couples who didn’t come into a relationship with children from a previous heterosexual union generally remained childless.
With the constantly evolving tide of lesbian and gay civil rights coming down in our favor, many family couples have decided to take the leap into genuine parenthood.
What is National Adoption Day?
With the advent of National Adoption Day, the plight of homeless children around the country was brought to the attention of potential parents who had previously thought of themselves as not applicable.