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Can Same-Sex Couples Adopt in Arizona?

By Charley Lustig

Society is rapidly adjusting to the diversity within it, including the opportunities for members of the LGBTQ+ community. Adoption agencies in Arizona are also moving towards a more inclusive and equitable environment. Whether you are considering placing your baby for adoption or have already committed, you may wonder about adoptive family options. At Adoption Choices of Arizona, we provide you with as many choices as possible. We want you to feel confident and comfortable at the end of your adoption experience. 

One of your many options is choosing a same-sex couple to adopt your baby. Here are some common questions and answers about LGBTQ+ adoption in Arizona.

Can a Same-Sex Couple Adopt in Arizona?

Yes! In 2014, Arizona legalized same-sex marriage. This allows any married couple in Arizona to participate in the adoption process as adoptive families. In fact, there are many same-sex couples longing to adopt!

Does Adoption Choices of Arizona Work with the LGBTQ Community?

Of course! Adoption Choices of Arizona does not tolerate discrimination against any sexual preference. We welcome all families from any background that are willing to provide a loving home to a child in need. 

Do Same-Sex Couples Go Through the Same Background Checks and Qualification Requirements?

We hold all couples to the same expectations and qualifications in our adoption process. The state of Arizona requires every person looking to adopt to complete a home study. This is usually a combination of interviews and paperwork. Once completed, the home study will be sent to The Court, where they will be further evaluated. If accepted, The Court will return a certification allowing the individuals to become adoptive parents. 

We at Adoption Choices of Arizona prioritize the safety of your child. Our background checks and interviews ensure that only qualified and trusted adults may adopt your child. In addition, our adoption professionals take the time to get to know these adoptive families. We want to confidently offer you as many caring families to choose from as possible. 

Can I Meet Potential Same-Sex Couples Wanting to Adopt?

Absolutely! Our adoption agencies in Arizona highly encourage birth parents to meet adoptive families. This allows for a clearer evaluation and better communication between you and the adoptive family. You will be able to discuss and collaborate on raising your baby, your involvement in the future, and more!

Can I Choose a Same-Sex Couple to Adopt My Baby?

Yes! Adoption Choices of Arizona is not like many other agencies you will come across. We believe that the birth mother has the final say in choosing the adoptive family if she wishes. This includes the mother’s choice of a same-sex couple adopting her baby.  

Why do Same-Sex Couples Want to Adopt?

Same-sex couples want to adopt for the same reasons that any other couple wants to. They long to become parents and raise a child in a loving and protected home. More often than not, the only way to make this dream come true for LGBTQ+ couples is through adoption. When choosing adoption as a birth mother, you are creating a family. 

Will My Child Face More Hardships with Same-Sex Parents?

Any child will undergo many struggles throughout their life, no matter who their parents are. There is the possibility of your child being teased or judged for having same-sex parents, but this isn’t for certain. In fact, awareness and acceptance of LGBTQ+ parents are rapidly increasing. Your child may not feel any different about having same-sex parents!  

No matter the challenges your child will go through, they will be supported and guided by their adoptive parents. Everyone involved in the adoption process, including our agency, birth parents, and adoptive families, wants to see this child succeed. 

Is the Adoption Process More Difficult with a Same-Sex Couple?

Nope! Adoption can be stressful enough, and Adoption Choices of Arizona wants to make it as smooth and comfortable as possible. Just as it is the same for all individuals becoming adoptive parents, the adoption process is identical. Any adoptive family you choose will have the same roles in your adoption plan

Do Same-Sex Couples Provide Structure and Raise Well-Behaved Children?

Certainly! The sexualities of parents have little to nothing to do with successful parenting styles and techniques. Thus, both heterosexual and LGBTQ+ couples have the same capabilities to provide structure and respectful children. 

How do you Create an Adoption Plan with a Same-Sex Couple?

With Adoption Choices of Arizona, you will be given an adoption counselor who will guide you in every step of creating an adoption plan. Based on your needs and desires, your counselor will provide you with various adoptive family profiles to choose from. No matter who you choose to adopt your baby, creating an adoption plan will consist of the same elements. This includes details on hospital plans, post-placement communication, and more. 

We know that every adoption is different and every birth mother is unique. Our adoption agencies are there to account for and tend to your needs. Therefore, although every adoption plan is personalized. To discuss more in detail, reach out to your adoption counselor or agency today! 

Are There Benefits of Choosing a Same-Sex Couple as the Adoptive Parents?

There are many benefits to choosing LGBTQ+ families to adopt your baby! Some of these include…

  • Creating a loving family
  • Promoting a sense of freedom of expression
  • Support and encouragement in your child’s identity 
  • Developing awareness and tolerance in your child

For more pros on LBGTQ+ adoption, be sure to look through our Birth Mother Blog! 

Contact Adoption Choices of Arizona to Begin your Adoption Journey!

If you need unplanned pregnancy help or looking to place your baby for adoption, contact our adoption agencies near youAdoption Choices of Arizona wants both birth mother and child to succeed in life. Therefore, our adoption professionals are there to meet you where you are physically, emotionally, and mentally. We can provide you with all the necessary information and guidance needed about adoption in a no-pressure atmosphere. Contact us today to see if adoption is right for you!