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Choosing LGBTQ+ Adoption in Arizona

By Ryann Smith

If you are pregnant and are considering placing your baby for adoption, one of the choices you have is placement with an LGBTQ+ family. For LGBTQ+ families, the road to parenthood isn’t as clear-cut as it might seem. Just like any other family, LGBTQ+ families come in all different forms. This includes same-sex couples and or couples with trans and genderfluid individuals. While LGBTQ+ families do belong to their greater community, it’s important to remember that every family has its own values. 

Here at Adoption Choices of Arizona, we are here to help answer any questions you may have for you to make an informed decision. 

LGBTQ+ Adoptions in Arizona

In 2015, the United States Supreme Court federally recognized all same-sex marriages nationwide. This means same-sex couples enjoy the same rights as straight couples, like joint adoption and medical decision-making authority.

Many birth mothers have concerns about placement with same-sex parents due to the discrimination that same-sex couples face. As a birth mother, you want what is best for your child. Same-sex couples will love their children just as much as any different-sex couple would.. It is important to remember that you should find a match that meets what you want your child’s parents to be. 

For someone with an unplanned pregnancy considering LGBTQ+ parents, having questions and concerns is normal. Many often worry that their child may be bullied or socially excluded because they have LGBTQ+ parents. While this is always a possibility, LGBTQ+ parents are very ready to assist their children. Many often have their own past experience and can provide more insight into what the child is feeling. In fact, LGBTQ+ parents are more likely to discuss difficult emotional topics, resulting in more resilient, compassionate, and tolerant children. 

Another concern many have about LGBTQ+ families is that a child needs both a mother and father in the home. Did you know that Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, and Angelina Jolie were all raised by single mothers? Growing up in an unconventional home isn’t always a negative and can often raise resilient open-minded children. The idea of the perfect home for a child doesn’t always mean having two different-sex parents. The National Library of Medicine records say that the majority of child well-being studies find same-sex parenting to have positive results. 

 The Adoption Matching Process

As a birth mother, you will be matched with a birth parent counselor, they are here for any adoption help you need. After filling out the paperwork and finding the best doctor for you, the birth parent counselor will present potential family profiles. Throughout the adoption process, you will learn about many different families working with adoption agencies in Arizona. Family profiles consist of a multitude of information, including openness to communication, values, beliefs, and background. There is also lots of personal information like hobbies and how a couple might have met. It’s important to take your time and get to know them. Remember the decision for who your child ends up with is yours.

Finding the Right Adoptive Family for Your Baby

The LGBTQ+ has become a pillar of the adoption community, something we hope to continue and support. Here at Adoption Choices of Arizona, we assist you in any way we can throughout the baby adoption process. Our goal is to help the birth mother make an informed decision that is best for both you and the baby.