Author(s): Ike A, Twumasiankrah K
Having a child is a defining characteristic of most traditional African families, as children are seen as symbols of status, respect, source of security in old age and completeness of the nuclear family. Interestingly, gay foster parenting is an area that has received increased research attention, though limited work has been conducted in the case of Ghana. One key factor which could be attributed to this is the fact that homosexuality is viewed as a ‘ social evil ’ but however legal or illegal it is, homosexuality and for that matter homosexuals will continue to be a part of society. In spite of the negative connotations associated with homosexuality and the much debated issue of gay and lesbian fosterage, does a critical look at the current socio-economic challenges facing the world today, especially sub-Saharan Africa with regards to the African child, tells of the need for a policy on gay foster parenting in Ghana? Using the nexus of religion, culture and fundamental human rights, this essay expounds on the possibility of ever developing a policy on gay fosterage in Ghana.