The ACLU has filed a lawsuit against the state of Michigan for allowing state-funded adoption agencies to turn away qualified LGBT prospective parents.
Texas’s Senate passed a bill that would allow publicly funded foster and adoption agencies to refuse to place children in homes that don’t align with an agency’s religious beliefs.
Several states have passed or are considering laws that would allow adoption agencies to deny services to LGBT individuals and couples.
In August 2016, New York state expanded its definition of a parent to include caretakers without biological or adoptive ties. In September 2016, a first court case put that definition to the test.
A new study by The Donaldson Adoption Institute found that LGBT families are highly motivated to maintain openness and birth family contact.
Doctors at a gender management clinic have found that 8.2 percent of the 184 transgender youth they’ve seen between 2007 and 2015 were adopted. The overall rate in their state is 2.3 percent.
It remains to be seen exactly how the landmark Obergefell v. Hodges decision will affect parentage, so here’s what LGBT adoptive parents must still do to protect their families’ rights.
The U.S. Supreme Court dismissed an Alabama Supreme Court ruling that denied the parental rights of a partner in a former same-sex couple.
A children's book celebrating the love that bonds LGBT families, told from the perspective of an adopted child.
When non-traditional families are making the decision to adopt, the first questions they often have are, "How will my identity impact my adoption?"
LGBT prospective parents may face extra hurdles because of a state’s adoption law, an agency’s philosophy, or the attitude of an individual social worker.
What adoption laws changed in late 2015?
Even as LGBT rights move irreversibly forward, some states are still trying to hold them back.
The majority of Americans support the rights of same-sex couples to adopt children.
What has also changed dramatically is that no matter how you choose to build your family, when your child arrives at school, he or she is no longer going to be the only one with two mommies, two daddies, or even a single mom or dad.
No one adoption route is right for every family. AF readers describe the thinking that went behind the route they chose.
Deciding on an adoption agency can be an organizational challenge. Read up on the best questions to ask before making your choice.
Has your state recently changed its adoption laws? Check out AF’s condensed list here.
We try to teach our daughter Mariah gratitude. But I know we’re doing something right when she takes us for granted.
New adoption rights laws in Florida and Oklahoma have made it easier for LGBT individuals to form legal adoptive families.