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 or lesbian can now adopt.
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Gay and Lesbian Adoptions
The acceptance of a gay or lesbian life style has grown to be more positive in Western societies. However, some child adoption agencies and some foreign countries will not 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.
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
Child Welfare League of America
440 First Street NW, Third Floor
Washington, DC 20001-2085
Fax: (202) 638-4004
Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere - COLAGE
3543 18th Street #17
San Francisco, CA 94110
Family Pride Coalition
PO Box 34337
San Diego, CA 92163
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
Fax: (212) 727-0254
Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund
120 Wall Street, Suite 1500
New York, NY 10005-3904
Fax: (212) 809-0055
National Center for Lesbian Rights
870 Market Street, Suite 570
San Francisco, CA 94102
Fax: (415) 392-8442
Partners Task Force for Gay and Lesbian Couples
Seattle, WA 98109-0685
Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL)
410 Seventh Street SE
Washington, DC 20003-2707
Fax: (202) 544-1306
Additional Help and Resources
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