Researching for LGBTQ Health

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, and two-spirit adoption in Ontario: Policy, practice and personal narratives

LGBTQ Adoption in Ontario

An overarching goal of our work in the area of LGBTQ parenting is to improve the quality and accessibility of health and social services for all LGBTQ parents and prospective parents. One of our earlier studies addressed this goal by focusing on LGBTQ adoption: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, and two-spirit adoption in Ontario: Policy, practice and personal narratives. We collected survey data from 44 adoption agencies in Ontario (97 were asked to participate). We found that only 13 agencies had a policy regarding adoption by LGBTQ, most of which were public, secular agencies in larger urban settings; only 16 actively recruited LGBTQ adoptive parents, i.e., table at community organizations or events (i.e., Pride); and only 3 of 44 agencies/individuals who participated indicated that they had received education about specific needs and concerns of sexual and gender minority prospective parents. We also interviewed LGBTQ adoptive parents to learn about their stories of adoption, beginning with their decisions to pursue adoption and closing with their experiences since the adopted child(ren) joined their family.

Team:

  • Principal Investigator: Dr. Lori Ross
  • Collaborators: Dr. Leah Steele, Rachel Epstein and Dr. Carol Strike
  • Research Coordinator: Scott Anderson

Funding:

Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada

Funded by the Social Sciences & Humanities Council of Canada

Project Outcomes: