Resources for Being an LGBTQ-Friendly AgencyPosted Jun 18, 2020
By: Robert LaMarche, Executive Director of ACF Adoptions
Increasingly same-sex headed families are becoming a part of the adoption community. Since the legalization of gay marriage, many agencies have seen an increase in the number of same-sex couples looking to adopt and even the numbers of expectant mothers open to or specifically looking to place their child with a same-sex couple. Many same-sex couples are open to adopting older children and to adopting transracially. To that end there are a number of excellent resources available to assist agency professionals and the families they serve (see list of resource organizations below).
Parenting can be tough and adoptive parenting arguably tougher – when layers of diversity such as sexual orientation, race, and religion are added to the equation it can be challenging for families to be happy, healthy, and successful. But LGBTQ+ families are thriving throughout the U.S. and in no small part due to the hard work and support from organizations such as the ones listed below.