Sexual orientation in the adoption process

Jennifer Bliss, PsyD Adoption Expert, explains how same-sex couples make up a large percentage of adopting parents and how same-sex parents actually have a slightly lower waiting time
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Sexual orientation in the adoption process

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We see lots of same sex parents at our agency. In fact, 40 percent of our clients are same sex families. The idea that same sex families won't get picked or will be waiting forever. In actuality, same sex parents actually wait a smidgeon less, time wise than heterosexual couples. I definitely want to encourage people who might be holding back because they might think that's a disadvantage, not to worry about that. That's not going to be an issue. It's important to look at the laws in regards to same sex couples because there are a handful of states that don't allow same sex adoptions. Laws are changing. Florida recently opened up to same sex adoption, which is wonderful. And Independent Adoption Center does try to be involved in as many efforts as we can because it is important legislation in every state. But do look at the states where you live. We do have clients that have moved to adopt in a different state and may or may not have moved back to the state that they lived in before, but I hope it wouldn't stop anybody. If you want to become parents, there are ways and avenues to do it.

Jennifer Bliss, PsyD Adoption Expert, explains how same-sex couples make up a large percentage of adopting parents and how same-sex parents actually have a slightly lower waiting time

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Jennifer Bliss, PsyD

Counseling Director of Independent Adoption Center

Dr. Jennifer Bliss is the National Associate Counseling Director and Southern California Branch Co-Director at the Independent Adoption Center (IAC), the preeminent open adoption agency in the United States. She is also the author of a new book on open adoption, Another Choice: A compassionate Guide to Placing a Child For Adoption.

Dr. Bliss attended the University of Southern California where she received a BA in Psychology and a B.S. in Education. She went on to earn her Masters in Social Welfare from University of California Los Angeles and completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Ryokan College. Dr. Bliss supervises the Open Adoption Counselors in the Northern and Southern California offices and provides ongoing training and support for IAC counseling staff throughout the county. Additionally, Dr. Bliss was the featured counselor on "Adoption Diaries", WEtv's documentary series on Open Adoption.

Founded in 1982, IAC has been instrumental in pioneering open adoption. It is a counseling-based, licensed, nonprofit agency, and has facilitated over 4,000 adoptions, making it one of the oldest and largest fully open adoption agencies in the country. The agency also prides itself on the fact that it is one of the only adoption agencies in the country that has never had any exclusionary policies for adoptive parents, including age, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, ethnic background, color, or race.

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