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: Promising Practices in Adoption and Foster Care: A Comprehensive Guide to Policies and Practices That Welcome, Affirm, and Support Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Foster and Adoptive Parents
Human Rights Campaign (2009)
Designed to help agencies and organizations assess policies as they relate to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community and measure their levels of skill and competency in all areas of practice with prospective or current LGBT foster and adoptive parents.
Benchmarks of LGBT Cultural Competency
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
Lists 10 benchmarks of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) cultural competency. The HRC Foundation will provide the All Children, All Families Seal to agencies that achieve the benchmarks described.
Expanding Resources for Waiting Children II: Eliminating Legal and Practice Barriers to Gay and Lesbian Adoption from Foster Care (PDF - 256 KB)
Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute (2008)
Provides an overview of current law and policy and offers recommendations for expanding the pool of qualified adoptive families by removing legal and practice barriers to gay and lesbian adoption.
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.
Inclusive Practice With LGBTQ Resource Families
National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections
Permanency Planning Today, Summer 2010
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Features interviews on inclusive practice with LGBTQ resource families with national experts, State child welfare leaders, and an adoptive parent.
LGBT Adoptive and Foster Parenting (PDF - 351 KB)
National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections (2010)
Presents current research, legislation, and statistics on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) parenting and provides best practices and promising approaches.
Map of State Marriage Equality Laws and Policies (PDF - 172 KB)
Human Rights Campaign (2011)
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) (2011)
Provides suggestions for child welfare agencies seeking to work with LGBT foster and adoptive families.