A six-year study of sexual abuse committed by foster parents in Illinois found a highly disproportionate percentage of the cases were homosexual in nature.
About one-third were same-sex while estimates are that no more than 3 percent of people in the general population say they engage in homosexual acts.
An article in the March issue of the peer-reviewed publication Psychological Reports presented data analyzed by Dr. Paul Cameron, chairman of the Colorado-based Family Research Institute.
Cameron believes it’s likely the Illinois figures reflect the situation among the nation’s estimated half-million foster children.
“What’s shocking, is that 34 percent of the molestations were homosexual,” Cameron told the Illinois Leader.
According to a DCFS spokeswoman, the agency does not track the sexual orientation of prospective foster or adoptive parents.
“We track our foster and adoptive parents on the basis of their being single or married. That’s it,” Marjorie Newman told the paper last year.
The agency would not say whether the information would lead to a change in policy.
The study showed 1 percent of Illinois foster and subsidized-adoption children are molested and 3 percent are abused physically every year.
“Professional societies are so taken with gay rights they are ignoring the evidence,” said Cameron. “Just last year, the American Psychological Association [APA] declared opposition to ‘discrimination against lesbian or gay parents adoption, child custody and visitation, foster care and reproductive health services.'”
Cameron added, “How does the APA answer this new evidence?”
Last year, Newman said the DCFS does not “discriminate based on gender, race, sexual orientation, sexual preference. There is no law that says that a gay or lesbian person cannot adopt.”
The Leader acquired information from DCFS through the Freedom of Information Act indicating most sexual abuse of children was by foster fathers, but that foster mothers were responsible for over three-fourths of physical abuse.
The study found 966 foster parents violated their charges. Of those who engaged in both physical and sexual abuse, eight of the 15 abused children of their own sex.
Cameron said Illinois, which has about 60,000 children in 4,300 foster or adoption-subsidized homes, was the first state to disclose details about abuse.