In addition, legislative initiatives assuring legal status equivalent to marriage for gay and lesbian partners, such as the law approving civil unions in Vermont, can also attend to providing security and permanence for the children of those partnerships. The American Psychiatric Association adopted the following position statement at its November meeting: The North American Council on Adoptable Children issued a policy statement in amended April 14, that states: There is no evidence to suggest or support that parents who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender are per se superior or inferior from or deficient in parenting skills, child-centered concerns, and parent-child attachments when compared with heterosexual parents. Legislation seeking to restrict foster care and adoption by gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender people should be vigorously opposed. It is important that a broad ethical mandate exist nationally that will guide the courts in providing necessary protection for children through coparent adoption.
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American Medical Association Passes New LGBT Policies
The American Psychoanalytic Association adopted this policy statement in support of gay and lesbian parenting in May Evaluation of an individual or couple for these parental qualities should be determined without prejudice regarding sexual orientation. Proceedings of the American Psychological Association, Incorporated, for the year Denying legal parent status through adoption to coparents or second parents prevents these children from enjoying the psychologic and legal security that comes from having 2 willing, capable, and loving parents. The American Psychiatric Association supports initiatives that allow same-sex couples to adopt and co-parent children and supports all the associated legal rights, benefits, and responsibilities which arise from such initiatives. Creates the basis for financial security for children in the event of the death of either parent by ensuring eligibility to all appropriate entitlements, such as Social Security survivors benefits.
Skip to main content. June 13, Report. Evaluation of an individual or couple for these parental qualities should be determined without prejudice regarding sexual orientation. The American Academy of Family Physicians adopted the following position statement at its October meeting: Everyone with the potential to successfully parent a child in foster care or adoption is entitled to fair and equal consideration. Provides legal grounds for either parent to provide consent for medical care and to make education, health care, and other important decisions on behalf of the child. Gay and lesbian individuals and couples are capable of meeting the best interest of the child and should be afforded the same rights and should accept the same responsibilities as heterosexual parents.