Participants in some of the groups spontaneously commented that, while they have no problems with single parent or transracial adoption, they do strongly object to gay or lesbian parents adopting children.
Participants had very mixed reactions to the concept of adoption subsidies. Initially, they did not react favorably because they believe that an adoptive parent should assume full responsibility for a child.
· Once you’re adopting, you’re agreeing to take that child on as your own child. I always had this idea that adoption meant that you were willing to take responsibility for that child. To me that means financially too.
Some participants felt that subsidies could lead people to do it just for the money, like foster parents. Those participants in support of Adoption Assistance generally agreed that subsidies should only be provided on a sliding scale formula, based on income or for special needs children, e.g., children with physical or emotional handicaps.