A study conducted by RedLetterdays has revealed that 16 percent of the world now allow same-sex couples to adopt. This is a significant rise, considering the percentage only used to be four percent 10 years ago.
Out of 169 countries, only 27 allows same-sex couples to adopt. Only 16 of the 51 countries in Europe allow same-sex couples to adopt.
A decade ago, only Sweden, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Israel, and South Africa accepted same-sex parenting. Today, those six countries are now joined by Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Malta, New Zealand, Portugal, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Uruguay.
Adoption by same-sex couples is considered illegal in Greece, Poland, and Russia. The Philippines, Japan, and Thailand consider joint adoption for same-sex couples illegal as well. Taiwan, Mexico, and Chile also do not allow joint adoption, despite same-sex marriage being legal there.
The journey towards legalizing same-sex adoption in the United Kingdom took some time. England and Wales legalized it back in 2005, while Scotland legalized it in 2009. Northern Ireland only legalized it in 2013, finally making it legal for the entirety of the United Kingdom.
The United States as a whole only legalized same-sex adoption in 2017 after the Supreme Court ordered all states to treat same-sex couples equally to opposite-sex couples in the issuance of birth certificates.
According to Lifelong Adoptions, same-sex parents in the United States are “four times more likely than different-sex parents to be raising an adopted child. Among couples with children under the age of 18 in the home, 13 percent of same-sex parents have an adopted child, compared to just three percent of different-sex parents.”