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Adoption Laws and Resources for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Families
Most States do not have laws or formal policies prohibiting individuals’ eligibility to adopt or serve as foster parents based on sexual orientation. Instead, child welfare professionals and judges make placement decisions based on the best interest of the individual child. Child Welfare Information Gateway provides more information on this topic with answers to many other frequently asked questions from LGBT prospective foster and adoptive parents.
AdoptUSKids is working to help reduce barriers to adoption for LGBT families. This includes providing free assistance to LGBT families who are seeking to foster or adopt children from foster care, and developing free resources for child welfare agencies on best practices for working with LGBT families.
To talk with an LGBT adoption specialist, just call us toll-free at 888-200-4005 or email LGBTSupport@adoptuskids.org.
You can also take advantage of the resources below:
- U.S. map of LGBT adoption laws and policies: A resource from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
- List of resources for LGBT families: Compiled by Child Welfare Information Gateway
- State adoption and foster care information: General guidelines on how to foster and adopt in different States