Many gay and lesbian families adopt children domestically as well as through intercountry adoption. In this section, you will find information and resources regarding adoption by LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning) families.
8 Questions to Ask Before Starting the Adoption Process
The Human Rights Campaign (2020)
Provides a checklist of things for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning parents considering adoption to ask themselves before starting the adoption process.
Adoption and the LGBTQ Community
Creating a Family (2018)
Offers data and resources regarding adoption of a child by same-sex couples.
Adoption by Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Parents: An Overview of Current Law (PDF - 131 KB)
National Center for Lesbian Rights (2014)
Describes the different types of adoption available to lesbian, gay, and bisexual parents and a brief overview of the current law.
Connecticut Recruiting LGBT Families to Adopt, Foster Kids
PBS News Hour
Discusses an initiative to actively recruit the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community to become foster and adoptive parents in Connecticut.
Human Rights Campaign
Discusses the various adoption options, resources, and publications that are available to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals and couples interested in starting a family through adoption.
Helping LGBTQ Families Navigate the Child Welfare System [Webinar]
Capacity Building Center for States (2016)
Provides an overview of the challenges faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) families involved with the child welfare system as either prospective foster and adoptive families or as families in need of services. This webinar also describes the unique needs of LGBTQ families and identifies useful strategies and resources to help child welfare agencies support them at the policy, program, and practice levels.