National Adoption Month

November is National Adoption Month, and we shared stories of LGBTQ families formed through adoption, resources that help navigate the challenges of the adoption process, and opportunities to take action.

National Adoption Month 2018

November is National Adoption Month.

Across the United States, over 110,000 children and youth are living in foster care and waiting to be adopted; waiting to be placed with a loving, “forever family.”

Family Equality Council is proud to make improving child welfare systems and adoption placement rates a centerpiece of our mission, and during National Adoption Month, we focus special attention on the stories of LGBTQ families formed through adoption, to help reveal some of the unique challenges faced by LGBTQ youth, and LGBTQ parents, when navigating the adoption process.


Family Equality Council gratefully acknowledges Johnson’s® as the sponsor of our 2018 Nation Adoption Month campaign, supporting happy, healthy babies and all the families that love them.

National Adoption Month Stories

READ | Nov 1, 2018

Our Path to Adoption: How We Found An Unexpected Ally

“Grandma told us that before she gave the kids up to foster care, she asked her church for help finding these kids a home. No one came forward. When she went back to church and told the pastor that the kids were with two gay men, all of the sudden the church was full of options. But it was too late, Grandma realized that these kids are the kids that Wes and I have been dreaming of…”

Read John’s adoption story


LISTEN | Nov 1, 2018

Outspoken Voices Podcast Episode 2.24: A Forever Home for Every Child

Julie Kruse, Family Equality Council’s Director of Federal Policy and Schylar Baber, Voice for Adoption’s National Director join Emily McGranachan to discuss the Every Child Deserve a Family Campaign, share personal stories, and dive into what LGBTQ youth and parents are facing in the child welfare system.

LISTEN to Episode 2.24


New Toolkit Released for Local LGBTQ Family Groups!

Empowering Community Toolkit Cover
This month we have released a new toolkit to help empowering local LGBTQ family groups to learn about options for family building! This toolkit is part of the library of resources made available to members of Family Equality Council’s National Network of LGBTQ Family Groups. If you are involved with a local group and would like to learn more, click here to complete an application.

Download the Toolkit

New Resources!

We’re marking National Adoption Month by launching some brand new resources to help LGBTQ families, and LGBTQ folks who are considering becoming parents.
Live Chat Tool


Find more resources for LGBTQ family-building on our Path2Parenthood page: click here to get started.


Sharable Infographics

Spread the word about National Adoption Month and LGBTQ families! Click here for more infographics you can share directly on social media: