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Gay and Lesbian Adoptive Parents: Resources for Professionals and Parents


Adamec, C. A., Pierce, W. L. (1991). The Encyclopedia of Adoption. New York, NY: Facts on File, Inc.

Adams, W. E. Whose Family Is It Anyway? The Continuing Struggle for Lesbians and Gay Men Seeking to Adopt Children. (1996). New England Law Review, 30 (3): 579-621.

Arendell, T. (1997). Contemporary Parenting: Challenges and Issues. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.

Bartholet, E. Beyond Biology: The Politics of Adoption and Reproduction. (1995). Duke Journal of Gender Law and Policy, 2 (1): 5-14.

Benkov, L. (1994). Reinventing the Family: Lesbian and Gay Parents. New York, NY: Crown Publishing.

Bigner, J. J., Bozett, F. W. 1990. Parenting by Gay Fathers. In: Homosexuality and Family Relations. Bozett, F. W., Sussman, M. B. New York, NY: Haworth Press, Inc.

Blommer, S.J. (undated). Answers to Your Questions About Sexual Orientation and Homosexuality: A Fact Sheet. Washington, DC. American Psychological Association.

Bozett, F. W. (1987). Gay and Lesbian Parents. New York, NY: Praeger Publishers.

Bozett, F. W., Sussman, M. B. (1990). Homosexuality and Family Relations. Binghamton, NY: Haworth Press, Inc.

Brooks, D., Goldberg, S., Berrick, J. D., Austin, M. J. (1996). Considerations Relating to the Placement of Children in Gay-Lesbian Foster and Adoptive Homes. Berkeley, CA: University California - Berkeley, Center for Social Sciences Research.

Brown, H. C. Competent Child-Focused Practice: Working with Lesbian and Gay Carers. (1991). Adoption and Fostering, 15 (2): 11-17.

Carole, J. Are Children at Risk for Sexual Abuse by Homosexuals? (1994). Pediatrics, 94 (1):

Colberg, M. 1997. Clinical Issues with Gay and Lesbian Adoptive Parenting. In: Creating Kinship. Roszia, S. K., Baran, A., Coleman, L. Portland, ME: National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Improvement.

Cronin, M. E. (1999). Guide to Talking with Your Child About California's Knight Initiative. San Diego, CA: Family Pride Coalition.

Editors of the Harvard Law Review. (1990). Sexual Orientation and the Law. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Elovitz, M. E. Adoption by Lesbian and Gay People: The Use and Mis-Use of Social Science Research. (1995). Duke Journal of Gender Law and Policy, 2 (1): 207-225.

Guggenheim, M., Lowe, A. D., Curtis, D. (1996). Gay and Lesbian Families. In: The Rights of Families: The Authoritative ACLU Guide to the Rights of Family Members Today. Guggenheim, M., Lowe, A. D., Curtis, D. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press.

Haugaard, J. J., Dorman, K., Schustack, A. Lesbian-Headed Households. (1998). Adoption Quarterly, 1 (4): 93-101.

Huggins, S.L. A Comparative Study of Self-Esteem of Adolescent Children of Divorced Lesbian Mothers and Divorced Heterosexual Mothers. (1989). Journal of Homosexuality, 18 (1/2): 123-135.

Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund. (1997). Lesbian and Gay Parenting: A Fact Sheet. New York, NY: Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund.

Lesbian and Gay Rights Project - ACLU. (1998). In the Child's Best Interests: Defending Fair and Sensible Adoption Policies. New York, NY: American Civil Liberties Union.

Lesbian and Gay Rights Project - ACLU. (1999). ACLU Fact Sheet - Overview of Lesbian and Gay Parenting, Adoption and Foster Care. New York, NY: American Civil Liberties Union.

Markey, K. An Overview of the Legal Challenges Faced by Gay and Lesbian Parents: How Courts Treat the Growing Number of Gay Families. (1998). New York Law School Journal of Human Rights, 14 (3): 721-755.

Martin, A. (1993). The Lesbian and Gay Parenting Handbook. New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Mishra, D. The Road to Concord: Resolving the Conflict of Law Over Adoption by Gays and Lesbians. (1996). Columbia Journal of Law and Social Problems, 30 (1): 91-136.

Morgen, K. B. (1995). Getting Simon, Two Gay Doctors' Journey to Fatherhood. Bearsville, NY: Bramble Books.

Okun, B. (1996). Understanding Diverse Families: What Practitioners Need to Know. New York, NY: Guilford Publications, Inc.

Patterson, C. J. Adoption of Minor Children by Lesbian and Gay Adults: A Social Science Perspective. (1995). Duke Journal of Gender Law and Policy, 2 (1): 191-205.

Patterson, C. J. Children of Lesbian and Gay Parents. (1992). Child Development: 1025-1039.

Perry, D. Homes of Last Resort. (1993). The Advocate: 46.

Poverny, L. M., Finch, W. A. Gay and Lesbian Domestic Partnerships: Expanding the Definition of Family. (1988). Social Casework, 69 (2): 116-121.

Ricketts, W. (1991). Lesbians and Gay Men as Foster Parents. Portland, ME: National Child Welfare Resource Center for Management and Administration.

Ricketts, W., Achtenberg, R. 1990. Adoption and Foster Parenting for Lesbians and Gay Men: Creating New Traditions in Family. In: Homosexuality and Family Relations. Bozett, F.W., Sussman, M.B. New York, NY: Haworth Press, Inc.

Reilly, T. Gay and Lesbian Adoptions: A Theoretical Examination of Policy-Making and Organizational Decision Making. (1996). Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, 23 (4): 99-115.

Rohrbaugh, J.B. Lesbian Families: Clinical Issues and Theoretical Implications. (1992). Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 23: 467-473.

Siegel, S. E. (1997). Parenting Your Adopted Child: A Complete and Loving Guide. Encino, CA: SES Publishing.

Sullivan, A., (1995). Issues In Gay and Lesbian Adoption: Proceedings of the Fourth Annual Peirce-Warwick Adoption Symposium, Washington, DC: Child Welfare League of America.

Sullivan, A. Policy Issues in Gay and Lesbian Adoption. (1995). Adoption and Fostering, 19 (4): 21-25.

Sultan, S. L. The Right of Homosexuals to Adopt: Changing Legal Interpretations of "Parent" and "Family". (1995). Journal of the Suffolk Academy of Law, 10 (3): 1-58.

Triseliotis, J. P., Shireman, J., Hundleby, M. (1997). Adoption: Theory, Policy and Practice. London, England: Cassell.

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