LGBT adoption is the adoption of children by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender (LGBT) persons. This may be in any of the following forms:
- Joint Adoption: When a same-sex couple, married or unmarried, jointly adopts a child
- Step-parent Adoption: When one partner of a married same-sex couple adopts the other partner’s biological or adopted child
- Second Parent Adoption: When one partner of a same-sex couple, married or unmarried, adopts the other partner’s biological or adopted child
- Single-parent Adoption: When a single LGBT person adopts a child
If you are an LGBT person in the United States who is hoping to adopt, you have come to the right place. At LifeLong Adoptions, we support the LGBT community and want all prospective parents to succeed in their hopes of starting or continuing a family through adoption.
LGBT Adoption Information
In recent times, more and more birthparents are choosing same-sex couples over different-sex couples. As reported on the 2000 Census, about 65,000 children lived with same sex parents. In 2012, 110,000 children live with same sex parents—nearly a 100% increase.
As a same-sex couple, keep in mind that there may be differences in your adoption experience when compared to that of a heterosexual couple. This could be due to a multitude of reasons, including laws unique to your location and finding a birthmother who is looking for a same-sex couple. But more and more LGBT people are adopting children who need a loving home, and you could be one of them.
As a gay-friendly agency, we will guide you through the adoption process with understanding, sensitivity, and reliability. Our philosophy is based on one-on-one support during this fragile time, and our experienced, knowledgeable staff will do all they can to make it as easy as possible for you.
What sort of birthparents choose LGBT families?
All types! The reasons birthparents have for choosing an adoptive family are personal and specific. Birthparents may have a direct connection with the LGBT community, or they may have none at all. The only thing we can say for sure is that a great many birthparents are open to placing their baby with a wonderful LGBT family like yours.
How should a LGBT family present themselves in their adoption profile?
The answer to this question is the same for all of our prospective adoptive families: present yourself authentically. Show the types of relationships you have with your spouse, partner, and/or family members, and your community. One of the most important things to a birthparent is that the family is loving, caring, and genuine. Another thing to think about is your profile photos. This is the first thing a birthmother will see and first impressions go a long way, so make them count!