What is Second Parent Adoption?
Some states do not permit unmarried couples to adopt jointly. Today, the majority of LGBTQ couples seeking to adopt are married, but when unmarried couples wish to adopt, and a match is made in a state that only allows married couples to adopt, one parent must first adopt the child. Later, the second parent would complete a second parent adoption to also become the child’s legal parent. Not all states permit second parent adoptions, so it’s important to know the laws in your state.