Friends as Co-Parents

30 Pages Posted: 25 Sep 2009

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Jessica Feinberg

University of Maine - School of Law

Date Written: September 25, 2009


This Article advances the argument that permitting two friends to adopt a child together would further the objectives of adoption law. The continued adherence within the adoption realm to the view that children should live only in traditional family structures raises a number of concerns. First, the traditional family structure does not reflect the realities of modern society. Second, the argument that adoption agencies should place children exclusively in traditional family structures succeeds only if placement in traditional families represents the sole manner through which states can further the desired ends of adoption law. In many instances, however, non-traditional family structures can provide children with the positive results that adoption law seeks to obtain – a home that provides the child with love, support, and stability. Finally, state insistence on placing children in traditional family structures conflicts with adoption law’s overall goal of placing as many children as possible in loving, stable, and supportive homes. Permitting two emotionally and financially supportive parents to raise a child will further adoption law’s overall goal of placing as many children as possible in loving, stable homes.

Keywords: Adoption, friends, family

Suggested Citation

Feinberg, Jessica, Friends as Co-Parents (September 25, 2009). University of San Francisco Law Review (USFL), Vol. 43, p. 799, 2009, Available at SSRN:

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University of Maine - School of Law ( email )

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