Same-sex couples and their children are subject to social institutions and forces that privilege heterosexual couples and their families are not. This paper examines the impediments to forming and maintaining queer families with adopted children in relative comparison to heterosexual families of a similar composition. Because weak or non-existent legal bonds between any combination of adoptive parents and child can result in adverse, stigmatizing and/or dangerous situations for members of the family, the legal recognition of same-sex couples would aid in the maintenance of queer families. Also, the implementation of co-parent adoption processes would allow for, among other desirable results, the equitable dissolution of families with adopted children regardless of sexual orientation, which would better provide for the welfare of affected children.
Addy Free, ’05 Iowa City, IA
Sponsor: Tina Fetner