Results indicated that adjustment among children, parents, and couples, as well as family functioning, were not different on the basis of parental sexual orientation lesbian, gay, or heterosexual when children were school-age. The analysis here challenges this defensive conceptual framework and analyzes how heterosexism has hampered intellectual progress in the field. This study presents a meta-analysis of the existing research and focuses on the developmental outcomes and quality of parent-child relationships among children raised by gay and lesbian parents. Up to now society has treated lesbian mothers differently with regard to a number of child-issues. Many of these studies examine the outcomes for children in same-sex parented families where both parents are women.
Families of the Lesbian baby boom:
Lesbian mothers: Children Australia, 21 3 It's in the Father's Genes. Click here for a printer-friendly PDF of this overview report.
Sixty-nine percent of children of lesbian mothers reported that their family received public assistance, such as welfare at some point, compared with 17 percent from intact biological families.