Stimulus: $152K to Get Lesbians Ready for 'Adoptive Parenthood'

May 15, 2013 - 8:58 AM

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( – While the White House claims its stimulus package “supported as many as 3.5 million jobs,” none were yielded from a $152,000 project to ready lesbians for “adoptive parenthood.”

The $833 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), commonly known as the stimulus, awarded the tustees of Clark University, in Worcester, Mass., $152,000 to interview roughly 50 lesbian couples about their adoption experiences.

“The goal of this project is to investigate the unique strengths and potential challenges of lesbian couples across the transition to adoptive parenthood,” the grant states.  “Given that parental mental health has implications for child development, and the fact that adoption can be a challenging process, it is important to understand these couples' adjustment to the parental role.”

The grant noted that “there is evidence that lesbian couples possess certain strengths (e.g., a tendency to share domestic labor) but also face challenges (e.g., social stigma).”

The study set out to interview 45 to 55 lesbian and heterosexual couples in the months before and after they adopted a child.  The couples were recruited through adoption agencies and “gay parent organizations.”

The interviews were then analyzed to be used for “agencies, therapists, and other community systems that work with adoptive couples.”

“Given that a) lesbians are increasingly likely to adopt, and b) evidence suggests that lesbians possess unique strengths and vulnerabilities, it is important to understand how these factors impact couples' transition to parenthood,” the grant says.

The project, entitled, “Transition to Adoptive Parenthood,” was funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, and it created “0.00” jobs, according to the “jobs created” category.

The White House has credited the 2009 stimulus package for saving or creating jobs while improving the nation’s infrastructure and boosting state and local government budgets.

“A range of independent estimates have confirmed the effectiveness of the President’s actions,” the White House said on its website.  “According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, the Recovery Act supported as many as 3.5 million jobs across the country by the end of last year.”

Inquiries to Clark University for details on the study and its results were not returned by publication of this story.