What to Know for LGBTQ Individuals and Couples Looking to Foster
Public adoption through a child welfare agency is available to LGBTQ parents in every state. However, a few factors can make finding an agency more challenging. First, the foster system is delivered differently from state to state. Some states employ one centralized system, sometimes there are regional or countywide agencies and in some cases, the entire foster system is privatized. Particularly in privatized systems, state laws can cause complications. Some states have enacted legislation that allow private agencies to refuse to facilitate adoptions for LGBTQ families.
It might take longer to find a welcoming agency, but they do exist and more and more LGBTQ individuals and couples adopt children from the foster care system every day. In fact, recently, some states, such as Connecticut, have launched outreach campaigns to actively recruit LGBTQ people to become foster and adoptive parents.