Throughout the years Adoptions From The Heart has been a proud supporter of the LGBTQ community. Sexual orientation does not hinder a parent when it comes to loving and providing for a child. Newsweek recently published an article citing the National Center for Health Statistics research on the overall effects of children raised by homosexual parents. The research proved that “children of gay parents are no worse off than children of straight parents.” A family is a family no matter if a child is raised by a same-sex couple, heterosexual couple or etc. With the help of our agency’s Domestic Program Manager Ashley Kodet, we have put together a list of tips for members of the LGBTQ community interested in adoption.
State Adoption Laws
It is essential that same-sex couples or individuals know the adoption laws of each state. At our Virginia office, we can only place children through adoption to LGBTQ couples who are legally married due to the state’s law.
Human Rights Campaign
The Human Rights Campaign is a great site to reference when it comes to LGBTQ adoption laws of each state and agency recommendations in your area.
While looking for adoption agencies, it’s important to ask them specific questions such as “how many children are placed with LGBTQ couples each year?” these are statistics that the agency will have on record. The answers to these questions gives an indication on how many children are placed into LGBTQ homes each year.
Take advantage of an adoption agency’s reference list. Here at AFTH we keep a reference list specifically indicating LGBTQ couples who have adopted a child through our agency. This is a great way to meet other parents who have gone through the process who can offer support.
Community Support Groups
Joining a LGBTQ community support group during the adoption process or post-placement is a great way to connect with families. These support groups organize fun activities and events throughout the year.