To the Editor.—

The American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA) applauds the February 2002 policy statement of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) supporting legislative and judicial efforts to provide second parent or co-parent adoptions to same-sex couples and endorses its recommendations, including the need for health care providers of all specialties to educate themselves about gay and lesbian parents.

The AFTA consists of family therapy teachers, researchers, and practitioners who work together to continue the development of the fields of family therapy and systemic practices. An interdisciplinary group of mental health professionals that includes many of the founders of the field of family therapy, the AFTA is a forum for the discussion of issues in the clinical practice and teaching and in research and theory building on therapeutic and family systems and their contexts.

It has long been AFTA policy that public policies based on narrow definitions of...

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