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Frequently Asked Questions From Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) Prospective Foster and Adoptive Parents
Addresses some of the concerns that LGBTQ prospective foster and adoptive parents may encounter when deciding to foster or adopt a child or navigating the process. The landscape of parenting options for LGBTQ individuals and couples has grown considerably in recent years, with an increasing number of LGBTQ parents choosing to build their families through fostering or adoption. Although many agencies are welcoming to the LGBTQ community, LGBTQ foster and adoptive parents continue to face challenges related to adoption.
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Q: How do I find a welcoming agency?
Q: What states allow LGBTQ individuals or same-sex couples to foster or adopt?
Q: Should I disclose my sexual orientation or transgender status? If so, when?
Q: What about intercountry adoption?
Q: What should I expect from the home study or family assessment?
Q: What do I do if I think an agency is discriminating or being unfair?
Q: How do I find support during the waiting process?
Q: What do experienced LGBTQ parents have to offer as advice?
Suggested Citation: Child Welfare Information Gateway. (2016). Frequently asked questions from lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) prospective foster and adoptive parents. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s Bureau.
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