Can Same-Sex Couples Adopt?
Absolutely! Today’s families are more diverse than ever, especially in the world of adoption; transracial, multi-cultural, same-sex and single parent families are all often created through adoption.
Same-sex adoption statistics suggest that more and more gay couples are adopting. In fact, same-sex couples are four times more likely to be raising an adopted child and six times more likely to be raising foster children than heterosexual couples. Today, 4 percent of adopted children and 3 percent of foster children are raised by gay and lesbian parents, and 2 million more LGBT individuals are interested in adopting!
Adoption can be a great way for same-sex couples to realize their dreams of parenthood. If you are one of those 2 million LGBT individuals considering adoption, read on to learn more about same-sex adoption laws, the adoption process for gay couples, and how Adoption Choices of Arizona can help you grow your family through adoption.
Gay Adoption Laws; Where Can Same-Sex Couples Adopt?
Throughout the history of gay adoption, same-sex couples have often faced barriers to growing their families and have had to fight for gay adoption rights. Fortunately, today there is much more support and acceptance for same-sex marriage and adoption, and almost all states allow gay couple adoption.
Currently, Mississippi is the only state that does not allow same-sex couples to adopt jointly. Joint adoption laws in the remainder of the United States permit LGBT parents to adopt a child together, meaning they are both the child’s legal parents. However, in many states, couples, regardless of sexual orientation, must be married in order to adopt jointly. Learn more about eligibility requirements to foster or adopt a child and adoption laws for gay couples in your state.
While gay couples can adopt jointly in 49 states, some adoption professionals are more LGBT-friendly than others. If you are pursuing adoption for your family, choose an adoption agency like Adoption Choices of Arizona that is open to LGBT parents and has experience in completing same-sex adoptions.
Adoption Process for Gay Couples
In general, the process for same-sex couple adoption is no different than for other parents. At Adoption Choices of Arizona, our costs, programs, and wait times are the same for gay and lesbian parents as for heterosexual couples.
Resources for Same-Sex Couples Adopting
If you are a member of the LGBTQ community and are considering adoption, or if you have additional questions about your adoption options, contact one of our experienced adoption specialists at 888-422-9912. The following resources can also offer additional information and support for gay couples considering adoption:
Many gay and lesbian couples have realized their dreams of parenthood through adoption. When you are ready to start your own adoption journey, Adoption Choices of Arizona can help!
More LGTBQ FAQ:
Can same-sex couples and homosexual single parents adopt a child?
There are very few states with laws that specifically prohibit the LGBT community from adopting a child. Adoption Choices of Arizona is committed to building families; we understand that every family, and every adoption plan is unique and we have been proudly assisting LGBT, Jewish, Muslim, single, or interfaith individuals and couples since we opened our doors. We encourage you to contact our office for the latest status of this developing area of the law.
What if we were married in a different state before Arizona recognized same-sex marriage?
Arizona recognizes same-sex marriages performed in other states, even if those marriages occurred before Arizona began recognizing same-sex marriage.
Will both parents’ names go on the child’s birth certificate?
Yes. The Arizona Department of Vital Records will place both parents’ names on the child’s birth certificate, just as in a heterosexual adoption. The names will be listed as “parent” and “parent.”
Will we be treated differently in the adoption process?
Same-sex couples will be treated no differently from other couples and individuals adopting. Like any adopting family, it is important for couples and individuals to find the right match with an adoption service provider. Adoptive families want to ensure that there is a trusting and supportive relationship built between the family and provider helping create their forever family.
Will birth parents choose an LGBTQ family?
Yes. Although there is a perceived stigma attached to LGBTQ families, birth parents frequently choose LGBTQ families for their children.