PRACTICE GUIDELINES SUPPORTINGOPEN ADOPTION IN FAMILIES HEADEDBY LESBIAN AND GAY MALE PARENTS:
LESSONS LEARNED FROM THE MODERN ADOPTIVE FAMILIES STUDY
David Brodzinsky, Ph.D. and Abbie Goldberg, Ph.D.
The Modern Adoptive Families Study (MAF) was designed to explore similarities and
differences in family characteristics, experiences and adjustment outcomes in different types of adoptive families.
Data were collected through an online survey of non-kinship adoptive parents residing
across the United States. Over 1,600 individuals were included in the final dataset.
A detailed summary of the objectives, methods, and descriptive data of respondents
and their families can be found on The Donald Adoption Institute (DAI) website
In creating the MAF project, a strategic plan was developed to publish empirical studies
in peer-reviewed journals and other professional outlets in conjunction with practice
guidelines to be published by DAI. This report offers practice guidelines derived
from the findings of the MAF project. It addresses best practices in supporting open
adoption in families headed by lesbian and gay male (LG) parents.