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Adopting by Gays and Lesbians

Information is provided below for gay and lesbian individuals and couples wanting to adopt a child.

Gay and Lesbian Adoptions

Gays and lesbians frequently have a harder time adopting than a heterosexual person or married couple.  However the acceptance of gay and lesbian parenthood has been increasing and has reached the point where in most states an openly gay man or woman can now adopt. There are still a few U.S. states and several foreign countries where it is illegal for a gay or lesbian person to adopt and most states and countries do not yet accept gay or lesbian marriages. 

This site lists several organizations and publications supporting gay and lesbian parenting.  Gay and lesbian adopting persons can contact a child adoption agency open to alternative life styles.

Additional Help and Resources

Our adoption agency does not discriminate based on race, sexual orientation, age or for any other reason. Please feel free to contact us.  Please visit the link Domestic adoption agencies for a list of adoption agencies to contact to ask about their policies regarding gay and lesbian adoption.


American Civil Liberties Union

Lesbian and Gay Rights Project
125 Broad Street
New York, NY 10004
(212) 549-2627

Child Welfare League of America

Child Welfare League of America
440 First Street NW, Third Floor
Washington, DC 20001-2085
(202) 638-2952
Fax: (202) 638-4004

Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere

3543 18th Street #17
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 861-5437

Family Pride Coalition

PO Box 34337
San Diego, CA 92163
(619) 296-0199
Fax: (619) 296-0699

Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation

1825 Connecticut Ave NW, 5th Floor
Washington, DC 20009

Gay Fathers Coalition

Gay Fathers Coalition PO Box 19891
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 583-8029

Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network

121 West 27th Street, Suite 804
New York, NY 10001
(212) 727-0135
Fax: (212) 727-0254

The International Lesbian and Gay Association

ILGA Administrative Office
81 Kolenmarkt
B 1000, Brussels, Belgium

Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund

Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund 120 Wall Street, Suite 1500
New York, NY 10005-3904
(212) 809-8585
Fax: (212) 809-0055

Lesbian Mothers Support Society

Lesbian Mothers Support Society PO Box 61
Station M
Calgary, Alberta
Canada T2P2G9
(403) 265-6433

Love Makes a Family

Love Makes a Family
PO Box 5163
Portland, OR 97208-5163

National Center for Lesbian Rights

National Center for Lesbian Rights 870 Market Street, Suite 570
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 392-6257
Fax: (415) 392-8442


The National Coalition for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Youth
369 Third Street, Suite B-362
San Rafael, CA 94901-3581

Parents, Families, Friends of Lesbians and Gays

1101 14th Street NW, Suite 1030
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 638-4200
Fax: (202) 638-0243

Partners Task Force for Gay and Lesbian Couples

Partners Task Force for Gay and Lesbian Couples Box 9685
Seattle, WA 98109-0685
(206) 935-1206

Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League

410 Seventh Street SE
Washington, DC 20003-2707
(202) 546-5940
Fax: (202) 544-1306

Help for Adopting Families by State

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