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There has been a dramatic increase in the number of homosexual couples looking to adopt children recently Even though there is this increase there have been many obstacles for them to adopt Such obstacles are biased adoption agencies and certain laws restricting them from adopting for example only some states allow homosexuals to adopt As a result of these barriers they have been looking for other ways to have children From domestic adoption agencies to independent adoptions to international adoptions to just public adoptions homosexuals have a variety of ways of adopting but they are treated very differently from heterosexuals Even though they are all humans and see and breathe the same way homosexuals are badly treated just because they chose to live a different life style Why cant homosexuals have the ease in adopting just like heterosexuals do Gay couples must prove they have adequate finances good health emotional stability proper motivation and parenting skills These are excellent qualifications that should be checked when a couple wants to adopt The problem is many couples are getting away with not meeting all of these qualifications because they are heterosexual Galluccio 54 The American Civil Liberties Union estimated that one hundred thousand out of the five hundred thousand children in foster care are awaiting adoption There were qualified adoptive parents for only twenty percent of these children in 1997 In 1996 only one out of every five available children was adopted If states such as Mississippi Utah Florida and New Hampshire did not ban homosexuals from adopting many of the children stuck in foster care would have parents and homes Many lesbians and gay couples used to hide their sexual preferences because of the homophobia in the child-welfare system Now many same-sex couples seeking to become foster or adoptive parents do not want to pretend they are merely roommates when they are life mates This is
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