Increasingly, LGBTQ parents are choosing to build their families through adoption. Today, nearly one-quarter (21.4%) of same-sex couples with children have chosen to adopt. There are over 100,000 children in the U.S. waiting to be adopted into a good, loving home – and yours could be one of them.
There are many paths to adoption and understanding the landscape is critical to choosing the one right for you. Setting realistic expectations is the first step towards embracing what lies ahead. Our goal at Gay Parents to Be is to provide you with the information you need to begin your adoption journey.
One type of adoption many LGBTQ individuals and couples choose is known as private adoption. It occurs through a private adoption agency or independently through specialized legal professional and can occur domestically or internationally.
Adopting through a public child welfare agency, also known as foster-to-adopt, is also an option. Public adoption occurs when a family that is fostering a child moves to permanently adopt. Many LGBTQ adoptive families begin with fostering a child.
In some states, it may take a little more effort to find an adoption agency willing to match a match with an LBGTQ individual or couple. That’s why we are providing some helpful resources for finding an agency that’s a good fit for you.
Laws governing adoption are complex and varied. Each state (and each country) has its own set of laws and regulations that must be followed. Understanding the laws that apply to your adoption can aid in planning and prevent unwelcome surprises along the way.