Parenting Options for the LGBTQ+ Community Handbook
The Buckles Family: Finding Abundant Love through Adoption
Family is made in so many different ways. I really thought that my family would be biologically mine and it would be some how “less than” if it happened any other way. That hasn’t been the case at all. We have found abundant love..... I really feel like Izzy and Isaac were waiting for us all along. "
Trystan & Biff’s Adoption Story
“I think for me, one of the big lessons is that when you are parenting children and there is uncertainty about when you can be in their life, you have to put aside your own desires and do what is best for the kids.”
States of Equality: Dana & Christy in MI
The couple reached out to two child placing agencies in their area: Catholic Charities and Bethany Christian Services. The agencies did not subject them to any in-depth investigation of their relationship or character — the only thing they knew was that the pair was a same-sex couple. And they were turned away because same-sex couples do not meet these agencies’ religious eligibility standards.
Scott and Josh in Florida: It Takes a Village
“We were running away from a community that was our community, and also a community that needed to see us, visibly... They needed to understand that we are out there and we deserve the same rights and laws as them. It was just really important that we take our kids back to that area, where they do have family members, and allow them that opportunity to be a part of change.”
Home for the Holidays: Ellen & Missy’s Adoption Story
“I would just say for any parents looking to adopt, the process at times can seem extremely tedious and it could be hard — the waiting and the process they put you through. But if you want it in your heart, it would be beyond anything you can imagine,”
How Discrimination Almost Kept a Celebrated Doctor from Adopting his Daughter
The process of adoption brought Harris through three different agencies, having faced discrimination at the first two. Although he superseded all requirements — having five recommendation letters and taking additional parenting courses on top of extensive paperwork — Harris often found himself waiting for months to years with no word from the agencies where he had placed all his resources.
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..."
Glossary – Family Building via Adoption & Foster Care
The following is an A-Z of terms commonly used in the process of forming a family via adoption and foster care.
States of Equality: Jason & Joe in Texas
Jason and Joe, a gay couple living in Dallas, fell in love and knew immediately they wanted to build a life together. But the couple’s dreams would be thwarted bigotry and bias against same-sex families.
LGBTQ Families Urge the Senate to Vote No on Brett Kavanaugh’s Nomination
Ginger and April are a married lesbian couple in Alabama with an eleven year old adoptive daughter. For years, before marriage equality was the law of the land, they were turned away by adoption agencies because they weren’t married.
How Discrimination Against Qualified LGBTQ Parents Almost Stopped One of America’s Most Decorated Pediatric Pulmonologists from Ever Adopting His Daughter
Christopher Harris, M.D., is the type of person you would be incredibly grateful to meet, even though one would hope that you would never be