Can LGBT People Become Foster Parents?
In the healthcare and social services professions, there is a consensus that LGBT people should not be barred from serving as foster parents on the sole basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
For example, the American Psychological Association, the largest scientific and professional organization of psychologists in the United States, adopted a resolution as far back as 1976 that states:
"The sex, gender identity or sexual orientation of natural or prospective adoptive or foster parents should not be the sole or primary variable considered in custody or placement cases."
Other national organizations, including the Child Welfare League of America and the North American Council on Adoptable Children, have since done the same. See Professional Organizations on LGBT Parenting.
What to Do if You Are Prohibited
If you are rejected as a foster parent and believe it is because of your sexual orientation, the following legal organizations might be able to help:
The American Civil Liberties Union's Lesbian & Gay Rights Project
125 Broad Street
New York, N.Y. 10004
120 Wall Street, Suite 1500
New York, N.Y. 10005-3904
National Center for Lesbian Rights
870 Market Street, Suite 570
San Francisco, Calif. 94102
New England Only:
Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders
294 Washington Street, Suite 740
Boston, Mass. 02108