How Can I Find an LGBTQ-Friendly Adoption or Foster Care Agency?
More and more adoption agencies are working to implement the policies and practices necessary to welcome the LGBTQ community. Depending on where you live, finding an LGBTQ-friendly adoption agency may be a challenge. There are some signs you can look for to see if an agency is prepared to work with the LGBTQ community:
- Does the agency’s mission statement mention the LGBTQ community?
- Does the agency’s client non-discrimination statement include the terms “sexual orientation” or “gender identity”?
- Does the agency use LGBTQ inclusive advertising images?
- Does the agency have LGBTQ inclusive paperwork?
It is important to talk to other LGBTQ adoptive parents in your community about their experiences and for agency recommendations. You can do this by researching LGBTQ parenting groups in your area or contacting the local LGBTQ community center.
In addition to local resources, the HRC Family Project’s All Children – All Families program maintains a list of adoption agencies that are committed to welcoming the LGBTQ community.