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Gay men and lesbians are openly considering and going through with being adoptive parents. There is an increase in same sex adoptions in the United States. Although many social workers are concerned about this trend, same sex adoptions are common. Social workers wonder who the children will feel about their parents as they grow up and other social ramifications that go along with the process.
Same sex couples who look into adopting children face a number of challenges. U.S adoption laws in many states prohibit adoptions if the couple is unmarried, which automatically affects same sex adoptions. Florida, Mississippi, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Utah and Virginia have strict laws that prohibit same sex couples from adopting children. Because of these laws, same sex couples are required to adopt the child more than one time, so that they can make sure the adoption is recognized in more than one place.
Same sex adoptions are complex. Laws vary from state to state and it's very important that same sex couples hire a lawyer to represent them. A family lawyer can give same sex couples advice on the process and inform them of their adoption options. A family lawyer can also make sure that the child is healthy and adopted by a good family. A lawyer can also help a same sex couple go through the assessment process, where the agency visits their home, asks for medical reports, check finances and criminal records.
If you are a gay couple planning to adopt a child, you will need a qualified family lawyer who can help with same sex adoptions. Contact Attorney Search Network today for a same sex adoptions lawyer referral in your area.
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