Two studies in two weeks have found that adopted children are not impacted by the sexual orientation of their parents. What the studies have found is that children do best in a loving and stable family and it does not matter whether or not the parents are same-sex or opposite-sex.
The study was conducted by the University of Massachusetts Amherst and University of Virginia, and unlike the Regnerus Hoax Study, this study compared lesbian, gay and heterosexual couples who had all adopted a child within the first few weeks of its young life.
The study followed the couples for three years. The researchers did note that there was a difference in how the various couples divided the labor of childcare. Heterosexual couples tended to assume traditional gender divisions of labor while same-sex couples tended to divide the labor equally.
According to researcher Rachel Farr “While actual divisions of childcare tasks such as feeding, dressing and taking time to play with kids were unrelated to children’s adjustment, it was the parents who were most satisfied with their arrangements with each other who had children with fewer behavior problems, such as acting out or showing aggressive behavior. It appears that while children are not affected by how parents divide childcare tasks, it definitely does matter how harmonious the parents’ relationships are with each other.”
Basically, the study found that where there was love and communication between the parents, children behaved better without regards to the family structure. These are just the latest two studies to show that children raised by same-sex couples fare just as well as those raised by opposite-sex couples.