Co-adoption supported by psychologists

Co-adoption for same-sex couples was approved by the Portuguese Psychologists Association (Ordem dos Psicólogos), which presented its opinion to the parliamentary group in charge of the topic last week.

According to OP, scientific evidence suggests that important decisions about the lives of children and teenagers should be made “not based on the sexual orientation of the parents, but on the quality of their relationship with their parents.”

According to the association, psychological investigations support co-adoption by same-sex partners because no difference has been found between heterosexual and homosexual couples in their parenting capacities. Also, no evidence was found to imply that the children’s development might be affected by the parents’ sexual orientation.

The Parliament had approved a proposal by the Socialist Party (PS) on May 17 allowing the co-adoption of the biological or adopted child of the same-sex spouse or partner.

A working group was created in June by the Parliamentary Committee on Constitutional Affairs to discuss the proposal, which has already seen the contribution of many different specialists and entities.