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Gay and Lesbian Adoptions

Until a decade or so ago it was extremely difficult for a single man or an acknowledged gay or lesbian to adopt a child. They might adopt a child but they often had to hide their sexual orientation. The outlook of society and the laws have changed to the point where in all states a single person or an openly gay man or woman can now adopt. There are still several countries (like China) where it is not legal for a gay or lesbian to adopt.

Adoption Services does not discriminate based on race, sexual orientation, age, cultural background, marital status, or for any other reason. We are a fully licensed non-profit adoption agency that helps birth parents and families living in any state in the U.S. and we can also help U.S. citizens living in any foreign country. Since our founding in 1985, we have worked with thousands of birth parents and adopting families from all over the world and our overall satisfaction rating is excellent. We are committed to putting your needs first and to helping you in every way possible. Feel free to contact us or call (toll-free 1(800)943-0400) if you have any questions or if you want our guidance or help. All calls are confidential and there is never any obligation to you for our help. 

Gay and Lesbian Adoptions

While the acceptance of a gay or lesbian life style has grown to be more positive in Western societies and the number of gay or lesbian individual is estimated to be approximately 10% of the population of the U.S., in the U.S. some child adoption agencies will still not approve or work with a gay or lesbian person or couple. A gay and lesbian person should carefully check out the agency they are considering working with, and the country they are thinking of adoption from, regarding their policies. You should contact an adoption agency, an adoption attorney, or check the adoption laws of your state to see if they exclude a gay or lesbian individual or couple from a child adoption.

For additional background information on gay and lesbian adoption, please read the Child Welfare Information Gateway article Gay and Lesbian Adoptive Parents and feel free to contact us at Adoption Services.

Some Sources of Support and Information

American Civil Liberties Union - Lesbian and Gay Rights Project
125 Broad Street 
New York, NY 10004
(212) 549-2627

Child Welfare League of America
440 First Street NW, Third Floor
Washington, DC 20001-2085
(202) 638-2952
Fax: (202) 638-4004

Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere - COLAGE
3543 18th Street #17
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 861-5437

Family Pride Coalition
PO Box 34337
San Diego, CA 92163
(619) 296-0199
Fax: (619) 296-0699

Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation - GLAAD
1825 Connecticut Ave NW, 5th Floor
Washington, DC 20009

Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network - GLSEN
121 West 27th Street, Suite 804
New York, NY 10001
(212) 727-0135
Fax: (212) 727-0254

Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund
120 Wall Street, Suite 1500
New York, NY 10005-3904
(212) 809-8585
Fax: (212) 809-0055

National Center for Lesbian Rights
870 Market Street, Suite 570
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 392-6257
Fax: (415) 392-8442

Partners Task Force for Gay and Lesbian Couples
Box 9685
Seattle, WA 98109-0685
(206) 935-1206

Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL) 
410 Seventh Street SE
Washington, DC 20003-2707
(202) 546-5940
Fax: (202) 544-1306

Additional Help and Resources

Adoption Services does not discriminate based on race, sexual orientation, age, cultural background, marital status, or for any other reason. Please feel free to contact us and please visit our home page to read about our commitment to assist adoptive parents like you as well as pregnant women and birth parents.

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