The “dictionary” definition of LGBT adoption is pretty simple: LGBT adoption is the adoption of children by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons. This may be in the form of a joint adoption by a same-sex couple, adoption by one partner of a same-sex couple of the other partner's biological child (step-parent adoption), and adoption by a single LGBT person.
If you are an LGBT person in the U.S. 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 info:
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 live with same sex parents - nearly a 100% increase.
Keep in mind that prospective parents' experiences can vary greatly because other people's understanding about LGBT parents varies greatly. For example, one person's great adoption experience in Washington, D.C., may be countered by another person's impossible experience in Colorado. But every day, more and more LGBT people are adopting children who need a loving home, and you could be one of them.
What sort of birth family will choose an LGBT family?
All types! The birth family's reasons for picking an adoptive family are as personal and specific to those birthparents and their families as picking any couple. You may remind a birthmother of her brother whom she loves dearly, or remind the birthfather of a beloved aunt. Birthparents may or may not have a direct connection with the LGBT community at all. The only thing we can say for sure is that the birthparents are open to placing their baby with a wonderful LGBT family.
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 or partner (if partnered), your family, and your community. One of the most important things to a birthparent is finding a family that is loving, caring, genuine and believes in open adoption. Another thing to think about is your profile photo(s). This is the first thing that a birthmother will see and first impressions go a long way. Make it count!
At LifeLong Adoptions, we educate birthparents about LGBT parenting whenever possible, and send all LGBT family profiles to birthparents unless they specifically ask not to.