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    Parenting and Child Development in Adoptive Families: Does Parental Sexual Orientation Matter?

    By Rachel H. Farr, Stephen L. Forssell, Charlotte J. Patterson
    July 2010

    This study, funded by Williams Institute, investigated child development and parenting in 106 families headed by 27 lesbian, 29 gay, and 50 heterosexual couples with young adopted children. Parents and teachers reported that, on average, children were developing in typical ways.

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    The Impact of Expanding FMLA Rights to Care for Children of Same-Sex Partners

    By M.V. Lee Badgett
    June 2010

    The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has expanded its scope of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to allow employees to be allowed unpaid leave to care for the children of unmarried same-sex partners, but does not extend this unpaid leave to care for ill unmarried same-sex partners.

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    US National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study: Psychological Adjustment of 17-Year-Old Adolescents

    By Nanette Gartrell, Henny Bos
    June 2010

    The objective of this study was to document the psychological adjustment of adolescents who were conceived through donor insemination by lesbian mothers who enrolled before these offspring were born in the largest, longest running, prospective, longitudinal study of same-sex–parented families.

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    Transracial Adoption by Lesbian, Gay, and Heterosexual Couples

    By Rachel Farr, Charlotte Patterson
    August 2009

    Transracial adoptions occurred more often among lesbian and gay than among heterosexual couples, and they occurred more often among interracial than among same-race couples. Lesbian and gay couples were more likely than heterosexual couples to be interracial. Transracial adoptions were also more common among those who gave child-centered reasons as compared to adult-centered reasons for adoption.

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    Adoption and Foster Care by Gay and Lesbian Parents in the United States

    By Gary J. Gates, M.V. Lee Badgett, Kate Chambers, Jennifer Macomber
    March 2007

    This report provides new information on GLB adoption and foster care from the U.S. Census 2000, the National Survey of Family Growth (2002), and the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (2004).

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