While lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) families adopt children both domestically and through intercountry adoption, LGBTQ families continue to be untapped resources for children waiting in foster care. Find resources in this section for working with LGBTQ families in a culturally competent manner.
All Children, All Families: Public Policy Advocacy
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
Promotes LGBTQ inclusive policies and affirming practices among child welfare agencies and formally recognizes those agencies that are leading the field with innovative approaches to inclusion.
Getting Down to Basics
Child Welfare League of America & Lambda Legal
Provides guidance on an array of issues affecting LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) and Q (questioning) youth and the adults and organizations that provide them with out-of-home care.
Map of State Marriage Equality Laws and Policies (PDF - 172 KB)
Human Rights Campaign (2018)
Provides a map showing States where same-sex couples can petition jointly to adopt anywhere in the State and States where same-sex couples have successfully petitioned to adopt in some jurisdictions. The document also addresses obstacles to equal treatment.
Recruiting and Retaining LGBT Foster, Adoptive, and Kinship Families: Sending a Welcoming Message (PDF - 215 KB)
National Resource Center for Diligent Recruitment (NRCDR) (2018)
Provides suggestions for child welfare agencies seeking to work with LGBT foster and adoptive families.