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Coparent or Second-Parent Adoption by Same-Sex Parents AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS Committee on Psychosocial Aspects of Child and Family Health

By Coparent Second-parent and Adoption Same-sex Parents

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ABSTRACT. Children who are born to or adopted by 1 member of a same-sex couple deserve the security of 2 legally recognized parents. Therefore, the American Academy of Pediatrics supports legislative and legal efforts to provide the possibility of adoption of the child by the second parent or coparent in these families. Children deserve to know that their relationships with both of their parents are stable and legally recognized. This applies to all children, whether their parents are of the same or opposite sex. The American Academy of Pediatrics recognizes that a considerable body of professional literature provides evidence that children with parents who are homosexual can have the same advantages and the same expectations for health, adjustment, and development as can children whose parents are heterosexual. '-9 When 2 adults participate in parenting a child, they and the child deserve the serenity that comes with legal recognition. Children born or adopted into families headed by partners who are of the same sex usually have only 1 biologic or adoptive legal parent. The other partner in a parental role is called the "coparent " or "second parent. " Because these families and children need the permanence and security that are provided by having 2 filly sanctioned and legally defined parents, the Academy supports the legal adoption o

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Year: 2002
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