Gay and lesbian couples have been expanding their families through adoption for a long time, and as legislation has changed over the years, more options have become available. While every gay couple's adoption process is unique, there are some standard procedures and steps every adoptive parent must go through, and facts and resources that can be helpful when considering adoption.
Lesbians and gay men bring children into their lives in a number of ways. In lesbian couples, frequently, one partner gives birth to a child and the other partner -- the second parent -- becomes a legal parent through second parent or stepparent adoption, if that's permitted in the state where they live.
The legal rights and responsibilities that arise out of gay and lesbian adoption and co-parenting are not always that clear based on differing laws among states. Learn about gay and lesbian adoption laws, and more, at FindLaw's Adoption Law section.
Gay, Lesbian, Same Sex Adoption (LGBTQ adoption) Adoptions Together has a proud history of building families with couples and singles who are a part of the LGBTQ community. Each year the number of LGBTQ families working with Adoptions Together continues to grow. Adoptions Together is fully committed to equality in adoption. We have found that [ ].