Second Parent Adoption
A second-parent adoption occurs when one partner in an unmarried couple adopts the other partner’s biological or adoptive child; this can occur in both gay and straight relationships. Adoption decisions, including second-parent adoption, should be made on a case-by-case basis, based on what's in the best interest of the child. Unfortunately, the law often denies children the security of a legally recognized relationship with both of their parents simply because their parents are lesbian or gay. Currently, 30 states do not recognize same-sex second parents or stepparents.