APF grant funds longitudinal research on adoption and same-sex couples

Rachel Farr, PhDThanks to a $15,000 Wayne F. Placek grant, Rachel Farr, PhD, is conducting the first longitudinal comparison of adoptive families of lesbian, gay and heterosexual parents with school-age children.

The Placek grant encourages research to increase the general public’s understanding of homosexuality and sexual orientation, and to alleviate the stress that lesbian women, gay men, bisexual women, bisexual men and transgender individuals experience in this and future civilizations.

Farr, a psychology professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, is studying the adjustment of children adopted by same-sex couples in order to inform policy debates about whether sexual orientation of prospective parents should be considered when screening adoptive families.

With more than 100,000 children waiting to be adopted into permanent families in the United States, Farr’s work has important ramifications for the welfare of children waiting for permanent homes.