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Gay Adoption Resources

This page is meant to assist anyone looking to adopt but especially gay couples considering adoption and looking for resources in their area. I remember how little information there was when we first began our search. We had to rely on word of mouth.

This is meant to be a living document and is by no means complete. If you know of any additional agencies freindly to gay adoption or can warn us against any on the list, let us know so we can update this information and keep it as accurate as possible. We understand that the laws are shifting as some states now allow gay marriage, which changes the adoption landscape. Let us know if you find gay friendly agencies we can add to our list.

Please do not be discouraged if you can't find anyone in your area, this list is still growing and its always possible an agency in a neighboring area can direct you to an agency in your area. Dont give up! Thats how it worked for us.

We hope you can begin building your family here.


First, some definitions:

  • Single (Individual) Adoption: An adoption where an unmarried person seeks to adopt a child that has been put for adoption by the birth parent(s) or by the State.
  • Joint Adoption: An adoption in which an unmarried couple seeks to adopt a child that has been put up for adoption by the birth parent(s) or by the State.
  • Second-parent Adoption: An adoption in which one parent already has legal rights of the child and a second parent is petitioning for joint rights. The first parent does not give up parental rights. Gay couples in states that do not allow joint same-sex adoption can choose this option.
  • Step-parent (Domestic Partner) Adoption: An adoption in which a child is already living with both same-sex parents, step-parent or domestic partner adoption is filed.
  • Guardianship: Where gay adoption is not legal, parents can protect their families by applying for guardianship. However, guardianship does not provide the same legal rights as adoption.
  • Foster Care vs. Adoption(Fostadopt): Foster care differs from adoption in a few ways. A foster parent assumes care responsibility for the foster child, but the State maintains all legal guardianship of the child. Adoption transfers legal responsibility and care over to the adopting parents. In some states like California, any parent wishing to adopt a child placed for adoption by the state must first be registered as a foster parent. This is known as Fostadopt. This does not extend to private adoptions.



Gay Friendly Agencies And Resources

Alabama: Permits single GLBT adoption. Does not clearly prohibit joint gay adoption. Second-parent adoption allowed in some areas.

  • Southern Social Works #7, East 13th St., Suite. 227 Anniston AL 36201 256/237-4990 sosocwrks@aol.com www.southernsocialworks.com
  • Villa Hope 6 Office Park Circle, Ste 218 Birmingham AL 35223 866/261-7359 abaldwin@villahope.org www.villahope.org

Alaska: Permits single GLBT adoption. Does not clearly prohibit joint gay adoption. Second-parent adoption allowed in some areas.

Arizona: Permits single GLBT adoption. Does not clearly prohibit joint gay adoption. Second-parent adoption unclear.

  • Aid to Adoption of Special Kids 2320 N. 20th St. Phoenix AZ 85006 602/254-2275 hshew-plummer@aas-az.org www.aask-az.org

Arkansas: Arkansas Act One prohibits unmarried couples (both same sex and opposite sex) from adopting or fostering children.

California: Permits single GLBT and joint adoption. Second-parent adoption allowed.

  • Adopt a Special Kid 8201 Edgewater Dr., Suite 103 Oakland CA 94621 510/553-1748 nann@aask.org
  • Adoption Alliance of San Diego Turk Family Center 8804 Balboa Ave. San Diego CA 92123 858/637-3060 michelleg@jfssd.org
  • Adoption Connection 2150 Post St. San Francisco CA 94115 415/359-2494 families@adoptionconnection.org www.adoptionconnection.org
  • Family Builders by Adoption 401 Grand Ave. Oakland CA 94610 510/272-0204 jjacobs@familybuilders.org www.familybuilders.org
  • Future Families 1671 The Alameda, Ste. 201 San Jose CA 95126 408/298-8789 contactus@futurefamilies.org www.futurefamilies.org

    *(update)--this program has been merged with the Bill Wilson center so dont be discouraged. Just scroll down to Future Families Programs and click the "adoption program" link.

  • Hathaway-Sycamores Child & Family Services 625 S. Fair Oaks Ave. #300 South Pasadena CA 91331 626/395-7100 susanfierberg@hathawaysycamores.org www.hathaway-sycamores.org
  • Inner Circle Foster Care & Adoption Services 7120 Hayvenhurst Ave., Ste. 204 Van Nuys CA 91406 818/988-6300 jillr@fosterfamily.org www.fosterfamily.org
  • Lilliput Children's Services 1651 Response Rd., Ste. 300 Sacramento CA 95815 800/325-5359 dibbotson@lilliput.org www.lilliput.org
  • Placer Kids 11990 Heritage Oak Pl # 3 Auburn, CA 95603 530-887-9982

    *(update)--apparently this agency is now affiliated with Sierra Forever Families and can be reached through their website below.

  • Rosemary's Children's Services 1022 Mission St., Ste. A South Pasadena CA 91030 626/403-2277 abassett@rosemarychildren.org www.rosemarychildren.org
  • Children's Bureau of Southern California 1910 Magnolia Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90007 1-800-730-3933 carminesalvucci@all4kids.org www.all4kids.org
  • S. California Foster Family & Adoption Agency 155 N. Occidental Blvd. Los Angeles CA 90026 213/365-2900 RobynLHarrod90035@yahoo.com www.scffaa.org
  • Sierra Adoption Services 8928 Volunteer Ln., Ste. 240 Sacramento CA 95826 916/368-5114 bherne@sierraadoption.org www.sierraff.org

    *(update)--This site and perhaps the agency as well are now Sierra Forever Families. There also are affiliated with Placer kids In Aubern,CA. They also have offices in Nevada City And Chico as well.

  • TLC Child & Family Services (our favorite!) 1800 N Gravenstein Hwy. Sebastopol CA 95472 707/823-7300 denise@tlc4kids.org www.tlc4kids.org

Colorado: Permits same-sex couple adoption. Also allows grandparents and other individuals helping raise the child to adopt.

  • Adoption Options "Open hearts. Open minds." 13900 East Harvard, Suite 200 Aurora, CO 80014 303-695-1601 info@adoption-options.com www.adoption-options.com
  • Loving Homes 125 S. Union Pueblo CO 81003 719/545-6181 cgerlock@yahoo.com

Connecticut: Permits single GLBT and joint adoption. Second-parent adoption allowed.

  • Adoptions From The Heart (*see pennsylvania listings for main office) 78 Eastern Blvd, Suite #7 Glastonbury, CT 06033 (860 )657-2626 or (800)355-5500 www.adoptionsfromtheheart.org
  • The Village for Families and Children 331 Wethersfield Ave. Hartford CT 6114 860/297-0555 rwassermann@villageforchildren.org www.villageforchildren.org

Delaware: Permits single GLBT adoption. Does not clearly prohibit joint gay adoption. Second-parent adoption allowed in some areas.

  • Adoptions From the Heart (*see Pennsylvania listings for main office) 18-A Trolley Square Wilmington, DE 19806 (302) 658-8883 or (800)355-5500 www.adoptionsfromtheheart.org
  • Children & Families First 2005 Baynard Blvd. Wilmington, DE 19802 (302) 658-5177 or (800) 220-3092 www.cffde.org
  • Upper Bay Adoption & Counseling Services 3249 Midstate Rd. Felton DE 19943 302/335-1690 adoptdel@comcast.net www.upperbay.org

District of Columbia: Permits single GLBT and joint adoption. Second-parent adoption allowed.

  • Adoptions Together (*see Maryland listings for main office) 419 7th Street, NW Washington, DC 20004 Tel: (202) 628-7420 www.adoptionstogether.org
  • Children's Home Society & Family Services (*see Minnesota listings for main office) 7720 Alaska Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20011 Tel:(301)562-6500 or (888)904-2229 inquire@chsfs.org www.chsfs.org

Florida: Prohibits single and joint gay adoption.

Georgia: Permits single GLBT adoption. Does not clearly prohibit joint gay adoption. Second-parent adoption unclear.

  • The Giving Tree 720 Church St. Decatur GA 30030 404/633-3383 receptionist@thegivingtree.org www.thegivingtree.org
  • Georgia Mentor 2799 Lawrenceville Hwy Suite 205 Decatur, GA 30033 770/496-5500 fax 770/496-0101 www.thementornetwork.com

Hawaii: Permits single GLBT adoption. Does not clearly prohibit joint gay adoption. Second-parent adoption allowed in some areas.

Idaho: Permits single GLBT adoption. Does not clearly prohibit joint gay adoption. Second-parent adoption unclear.

Illinois: Permits single GLBT and couples adoption. Second-parent adoption allowed.

Indiana: Permits single GLBT adoption. Does not clearly prohibit joint gay adoption. Second-parent adoption allowed in some areas.

Iowa: Permits single GLBT adoption. Does not clearly prohibit joint gay adoption. Second-parent adoption allowed in some areas.

  • Children's Home Society & Family Services (*see Minnesota listings for main office) 210 Second Street, SE, Suite 705, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401 (319)363-4088 or (800)952-9302 ext 2488 www.chsfs.org

Kansas: Permits single GLBT adoption. Does not clearly prohibit joint gay adoption. Second-parent adoption unclear.

  • Adoption Option, Inc. 7300 West 110th Suite 925 Overland Park, KS 66210 (913)642-7900 hillary@adoptionoptionkc.com www.adoptionoptionkc.com

Kentucky: Permits single GLBT adoption. Does not clearly prohibit joint gay adoption. Second-parent adoption unclear.

Louisiana: Permits single GLBT adoption. Does not clearly prohibit joint gay adoption. Second-parent adoption allowed in some areas.

Maine: Permits single GLBT adoption. On August 30, 2007 the Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruled unanimously in their favor on grounds that prohibiting the adoption would be counter to Maine's Adoption Act.

Maryland: Permits single GLBT adoption. Joint gay adoption unclear. Second-parent adoption allowed in some areas.

  • Adoption Alliances Jewish Community Services 5750 Park Heights Avenue Baltimore, Maryland 21215 (410)466-9200 rkepner@jfs.org

    also located in: 6 Park Center Court Suite 211 Owings Mills, MD 21117 rkepner@jfs.org

    also located in: Century Plaza 1000 10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Ste 401 Columbia, MD 21044 www.jfs.org

  • Adoption Makes Family, Inc. 10635 York Rd. Cockeysville MD 21030 410/683-2100 dr.kirschner@adoptionmakesfamily.org www.adoptionmakesfamily.org
  • Adoptions Together 10230 New Hampshire #200 Silver Spring MD 20903 301/439-2900 info@adoptionstogether.org www.adoptionstogether.org
  • Children's Home Society & Family Services (*see Minnesota listings for main office) 8555 16th Street, Suite 600, Silver Spring, MD 20910 (301)562-6500 or (888)904-2229 inquire@chsfs.org www.chsfs.org
  • Cradle of Hope 8630 Fenton St # 310 Silver Spring MD 20910 (301) 587-4400 lperilstein@cradlehope.org www.cradlehope.org
  • Diakon Adoption and Foster Care (*see Pennsylvania listings for main office) (610) 682-1504 roachk@diakon.org www.diakon.org/adoption/

    (*note)No information was available for local office listings.

Massachusetts: Permits single GLBT and joint adoption. Second-parent adoption allowed.

  • Adoption Choices 475 Franklin St. Framingham MA (508)875-3100 (800)872-5232 deldridge@jfsmw.org www.jfsmw.org
  • Adoption Resource Associates 262 Upland Rd. Cambridge MA 2140 (617)492-8888
  • Cambridge Family and Children's Services 60 Gore St. Cambridge MA 2141 (617)876-4210 mmcgovern@helpfamilies.org www.helpfamilies.org
  • The Home for Little Wanderers 271 Huntington Ave. Boston MA 2115 (888)HOME-321 or (617)267-3700 Fax: (617)267-8142 bchiaruttini@thehome.org www.thehome.org
  • Red Thread Adoption Services, Inc. 681 Washington St., Ste 12 Norwood MA 2062 (781)762-2428 redthreadadopt@aol.com www.redthreadadopt.org
  • Southeastern Adoption Services PO Box 356 Marion, MA 02738 508-758-4801 seas1@comcast.net

Michigan: Permits single GLBT adoption. Prohibits joint adoption. Second-parent adoption unclear.

Minnesota: Permits single GLBT adoption. Joint gay adoption unclear. Second-parent adoption allowed in some areas.

  • African American Adoption & Permanency Agency 2356 University Avenue West Suite 220 St. Paul, Minnesota 55104 (651)659-0460 (888)840-4084 www.aaappa.org afadopt@afadopt.org(*updated email) www.afadopt.org
  • Adoption Minnesota Wellspring Adoption Agency 111 S. 3rd Ave., Mill Pl., #370 'Minneapolis MN 55401 (612)333-0489 info@adoptionmn.com www.adoption-minnesota.com
  • Children's Home Society & Family Services Eustis Street (Main Office), 1605 Eustis Street, St. Paul, MN 55108 (Como Office) 2230 Como Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108 (Sauk Rapids Location) 1311 2nd St N, Suite 101, Sauk Rapids, MN 56379 (651)646-6393 or (800)952-9302 welcome@chsfs.org www.chsfs.org
  • Crossroads Adoption Services 4600 West 77th Street, Suite 200 Minneapolis, MN 55435 Phone: (952)831-5707 Fax: (952)831-5129 Kids@crossroadsadoption.com www.crossroadsadoption.com
  • European Children Adoption Services 6050 Cheshire Lane North Plymouth, MN 55446 phone:(763)694-6131 info@ecasus.org www.ecasus.org
  • Family Resources 2903 Euclid Avenue Anoka, MN (763)323-8050
  • Hennepin County Children & Family Services (612)348-2367 cf.adoption.intake@co.hennepin.mn.us Hennepin County Adoptions
  • HOPE Adoption and Family Services 5850 Omaha Avenue North Oak Park Heights MN 55082 (651)439-2446 hope@hopeadoptionservices.org www.hopeadoptionservices.org
  • Independent Adoption Resource Center 111 Third Avenue South Suite 370 Minneapolis, MN (612)333-0489 or (800)444-3443 info@adoptionmn.com www.adoption-minnesota.com
  • International Adoption Services 4940 Viking Drive Suite 7b Minneapolis, MN 55435 (952)893-1343 info@ias-ww.com www.ias-ww.com
  • Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota LSS Adoption & Birth Parent Services 2400 Park Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55404 (612)879-5230 or 1(888)205-3769 adoption@lssmn.org http://www.lssmn.org/adoption/ www.lssmn.org/adoption/
  • REACH (c/o PATH): (with offices in St. Cloud, Bemidji, Duluth, Fergus Falls, Marshall, St. Paul, Redwood Falls, and Rochester)2021 East Hennepin Avenue Suite 100 Minneapolis, MN 55413-1769 toll-free (866)797-3224 jhoppe@pathinc.org www.adoptinfo.org
  • Ramsey County Human Services (651)266-4077 or (651)266-4444 AskAdoptionServices @co.ramsey.mn.us www.co.ramsey.mn.us/hs/adoption/index.asp www.co.ramsey.mn.us/hs/adoption/index.asp
  • Summit Adoption Home Studies Inc. 1389 Summit Avenue St. Paul, MN (651)645-6657 summitadopt@uswest.net www.summitadoption.com
  • Other Minnesota Adoption Resources:

  • Adoption Option Committee Inc. P.O. Box 24132, Minneapolis, MN 55424 (952)944-0866 info@aoci.org www.aoci.org

    *Provides financial grants, information, support and referral.

  • Minnesota Adoption Resource Network 430 Oak Grove Street Suite 404 Minneapolis, MN 55403 (612)861-7115 info@mnadopt.org www.mnadopt.org

    *Has information on adoption of a waiting child, as well as contacts for adoption training with some other countries.

  • North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) 970 Raymond Avenue, Suite 106 St. Paul, MN 55114-1149 (651)644-3036 info@nacac.org www.nacac.org

    *Advocating the right of every child to a permanent, continuous, nurturing, and culturally sensitive family.

  • Adoption Expenses Reimbursement Program

    *The Minnesota non-recurring reimbursement program offers up to $2000 in adoption expenses per eligible child. You must apply and be approved BEFORE the adoption is finalized.

    (*note)updated 9/18/09
    (*note)01/12/10 currently searching for an updated contact number for this listing

  • Minnesota Adoption Support & Preservation (MN ASAP) (612)798-4033 or toll free:(877)966-2727 info@mnasap.org www.mnasap.org

    * MN ASAP provides post-adoption information and support to foster and adoptive families. Also provides nformation on adoption, foster care, and related issues; a network of and for foster and adoptive parents; and training events for parents and professionals.

    (*note)The website given for this program actually links to the Minnesota Adoption Resource Network (www.mnadopt.org). We are not sure if these programs have merged or become affiliated but we left all contact information intact in case there was a good reason. If anyone has an update on this, please let us know.

Mississippi: Permits single GLBT adoption. Prohibits joint adoption. Second-parent adoption unclear.

Missouri: Single GLBT and joint adoption unclear. Second-parent adoption unclear.

  • Adoption Option, Inc. (*see Kansas listings for main office listing) (913) 642-7900 hillary@adoptionoptionkc.com www.adoptionoptionkc.com

Montana: Permits single GLBT adoption. Does not clearly prohibit joint gay adoption. Second-parent adoption unclear.

Nebraska: Single GLBT adoption unclear. Does not clearly prohibit joint gay adoption. Prohibits second-parent adoption.

Nevada: Permits single GLBT adoption. Does not clearly prohibit joint gay adoption. Second-parent adoption allowed in some areas.

New Hampshire: Permits single GLBT adoption. Prohibits joint adoption. Second-parent adoption unclear.

New Jersey: Permits single GLBT and joint adoption. Second-parent adoption allowed.

  • Adoptions From the Heart (*see Pennsylvania listings for main office) 451 Woodland Ave Cherry Hill, NJ 08002 (856) 665-5655 (732) 335-8883 (800)355-5500 www.adoptionsfromtheheart.org
  • Family Focus Adoption Services (*see New York listing for main office) toll free: (866)855-1919 ffas@familyfocusadoption.org www.familyfocusadoption.org
  • Family Options 45 Riverside Ave Red Bank, NJ 07701 (732)936-0770 info@famopt.org www.familyoptionsadoptions.org
  • Open Arms Adoption Network (*see Pennsylvania listings for main office) 1(888)673-6276 www.openarmsadoption.net

New Mexico: Permits single GLBT and joint adoption. Second-parent adoption allowed in some areas.

  • La Familia Adoption Services 707 Broadway NE, Suite 103 Albuquerque, NM 87102 (505) 766-9361 www.la-familia-inc.org

New York: Permits single GLBT and joint adoption. Second-parent adoption allowed.

  • Friends In Adoption (*see Vermont listing for main office) 653 Plank Road, Suite 200 Clifton Park, NY 12065 1(800)844-3630 www.friendsinadoption.org

    (*note) other offices also in Rochester, Baldwinsville, Northville, and Athens but no contact info given.

  • Adoptions From the Heart (*see Pennsylvania listings for main office info) (800)355-5500 www.adoptionsfromtheheart.org

    (*note)This agency asks New York residents to contact to Wynnwood, Pennsylvania office for a list of contracted social workers in the New York area.

  • Child and Family Services 330 Deleware Avenue Buffalo NY 14202 (716)842-2750 www.cfsbny.org
  • The Children's Village 2090 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. ninth floor New York NY 10027 (212)932-9009 ext. 7000 www.childrensvillage.org
  • Family Focus Adoption Services 54-40 Little Neck Pkwy. Little Neck NY 11362 (718)224-1919 toll free: (866)855-1919 ffas@familyfocusadoption.org *Albany, NY (518) 542-0843 www.familyfocusadoption.org
  • Lutheran Social Services 475 Riverside Dr. Ste 1244 New York NY 10115 (212)870-1100 www.lssny.org
  • NY Council on Adoptable Children 589 Eighth Ave., 15th Floor New York NY 10018 (212)475-0222 info@coac.org www.coac.org
  • You Gotta Believe! The Older Child Adoption and Permanency Movement 1728 Mermaid Avenue Brooklyn, New York 11224 (718)372-3003 or (800) 601-1779 ygbpat@msn.com www.yougottabelieve.org

    Also: 150A Long Island Avenue Holtsville, NY 11742 (631) 654-7970

North Carolina: Permits single GLBT adoption. Joint adoption unclear. Second-parent adoption unclear.

North Dakota: Single GLBT and joint adoption unclear. Second-parent adoption unclear.

Ohio: Permits single GLBT adoption. Does not clearly prohibit joint gay adoption. Second-parent adoption not allowed.

  • Beech Brook 3737 Lander Rd. Pepper Pike, Ohio 44124 (216)831-2255 or Toll-free: (877)546-1225 www.beechbrook.org
  • Bellefaire JCB 22001 Fairmount Blvd. Shaker Heights OH 44118 (216) 932-2800 1(800)879-2522 www.bellefairejcb.org

    also in:

    CMHA (Carl B. Stokes Building) 6001 S. Woodland Cleveland, OH 44104 (216) 391-8196

    Lorain (Lorain County) 347 Midway Boulevard Elyria, OH 44035 (440) 324-5701

    Scharkofsky Building 9205 Lorain Avenue Cleveland, OH 44102 (216) 651-1527 Canton (Stark County) 116 7th St. NW Suite 3 North Canton, OH 44720 (330) 494-8312

    Lucky A. Ranch (Ashtabula County) 88 PennLine Rd. Pierpont, OH 44082

  • Berea Children's Home and Family Services 202 E. Bagley Rd. Berea OH 44017 (440)234-2006 or toll free: (800)639.4974 information@bchfs.org www.bchsf.org

Oklahoma: Permits single GLBT adoption. Does not clearly prohibit joint gay adoption. Second-parent adoption unclear.

Oregon: Permits single GLBT and joint adoption. Second-parent adoption allowed in some areas.

  • Open Adoption & Family Services 5200 SW Macadam Ave., Ste. 250 Portland OR 97239 (503)226-4870 or (800)772-1115 Para Español: 1(800)985-6763 information@openadopt.org www.openadopt.org

    also in: Eugene 315 West 10th Ave. Eugene, OR 97401 (541)343-4825

    Medford (541)608-6134

    Bend (541)388-2535

    Salem (503)540-5832

Pennsylvania: Permits single GLBT adoption. Joint adoption unclear. Second-parent adoption allowed.

  • Adoptions From the Heart 30-31 Hampstead Circle Wynnewood PA 19096 (610)642-7200 or (800)355-5500 heidig@afth.org www.adoptionsfromtheheart.org

    Also: 2212 Union Boulevard Allentown, PA 18109 (610) 432-2384

    Central PA office 1525 Oregon Pike, Suite 402 Lancaster, PA 17601 (717) 399-7766 (717) 232-1787

    1225 South Main Street Suite 207 Greensburg, PA 15601 (724) 853-6533

  • Adoption Related Services, Inc. 8 South Main Street Shrewsbury PA. 17361 Serves all of PA (717)227-9560 info@adoption-related-services.org www.adoption-related-services.org
  • Best Nest, Inc. 1709 Washington Ave. Philadelphia PA 19146 (215)546-8060 www.bestnest.org
  • Common Sense Adoption Services 49 West Main St. Mechanicsburg PA 17055 (717)766-6449 or (800)445-2444 echick@csas-swan.org www.csas-swan.org
  • Diakon Adoption and Foster Care 1 South Home Ave.Topton PA 19562 (610) 682-1504 roachk@diakon.org www.diakon.org/adoption/

    also in: 960 Century Drive Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 Phone: (717) 795-0320 gehoskyc@diakon.org

    836 South George Street York, PA 17403 (717) 845-9113 cherrys@diakon.org

  • Open Arms Adoption Network 10125 Verree Road Philadelphia PA 19116 1(888)673-6276 www.openarmsadoption.net

Rhode Island: Permits single GLBT adoption. Does not clearly prohibit joint gay adoption. Second-parent adoption allowed in some areas.

  • A Red Thread Adoption Services, Inc. (*see Massachusetts listing for main office) (781)762-2428 www.redthreadadopt.org
  • Urban League of Rhode Island 246 Prairie Ave. Providence RI 2905 (401)351-5000 ulriadoption@hotmail.com www.ulri.org

South Carolina: Permits single GLBT adoption. Joint adoption unclear. Second-parent adoption unclear.

South Dakota: Permits single GLBT adoption. Joint adoption unclear. Second-parent adoption unclear.

Tennessee: Permits single GLBT adoption. Does not clearly prohibit joint gay adoption. Second-parent adoption unclear.

Texas: Permits single GLBT adoption. Joint adoption unclear. Second-parent adoption allowed in some areas.

  • Adoption Advocates Inc. 1215 Parkway Austin TX 78703 (512)477-1122 Or (800)966-HOPE (4673) info@adoptionadvocates.net www.adoptionadvocates.net

    *This agency was recently recommended to us in a very positive email from and adoptive family that used this agency

  • Adoption Assistance and Support 10688 E. Lake Highlands Dr., Dallas, TX, 75218 (214) 341-9016. socialworkers@sbcglobal.net

    *Lesbian Couple, Susan McKay and Diane Keller, both licensed social workers, licensed adoption agency. Home studies and referrals for placement agencies which are glbtq friendly.

  • Bold text Children's Connections, Inc. 2514 82nd St., Ste. G Lubbock TX 79423 806/745-7995 or (800)456-4862 (Toll Free) childrensconnect@aol.com www.childrensconnections.org
  • Family by Choice Adoption Services 17811 Lafayette Park Rd. Jonestown TX 78645 (512)267-0181 susanjgriffith@earthlink.net www.familybychoice.org
  • Family to Family Adoptions, Inc. 1000 Austin St., Suite B Richmond TX 77469 (281)342-4042 max@fam2fam.org www.fam2fam.org
  • Pathway Youth and Family Services, Inc. P.O. Box 689 Leakey, TX 78873-0689 (830)232-6590 phone www.pathway.org

    *This Agency has offices ALL OVER Texas, too numerous to list. please see their contact page to locate an office near you.

  • Sandra Carlson & Associates Inc. 4119 Montrose Blvd. #450 Houston TX 77006 (713)896-8813 gap@texas.net

Utah: Permits single GLBT adoption. Joint adoption prohibited. Second-parent adoption unclear.

Vermont: Permits single GLBT and joint adoption. Second-parent adoption allowed.

  • Adoption Advocates 521 Webster Rd. Shelbourne VT 5482 (802)985-8289 koch@champlain.edu
  • Friends in Adoption 44 South St. Middletown Springs VT 05757 1(800)982-3678 dawn@friendsinadoption.org www.friendsinadoption.org

    (*note)Also in Essex Junction but no contact info given.

Virginia: Permits single GLBT adoption. Does not clearly prohibit joint gay adoption. Second-parent adoption unclear.

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  • Children's Home Society and Family Services (*see minnesota listing for main office) 6800 Versar Drive, Suite 312, Springfield, VA 22201 (301)562-6500 or (888)904-2229 inquire@chsfs.org www.chsfs.org
  • Cradle of Hope (*see Maryland listing for main office) 10605 B2 Judicial Drive Fairfax, VA 22030 (703) 352-4806 www.cradlehope.org
  • coordinators2inc – The Lifetime Adoption Resource 1617 Monument Ave. Ste. 200 Richmond, VA 23220 (804)354-1881 or (800)690-4206 www.c2adopt.org www.c2adopt.org
  • Adoptions from the heart (*see pennsylvania listings for main office) 1407 Stephanie Way, Suite H Chesapeake, VA 23320 (757) 361-0008 (800)355-5500 *Richmond Office (804) 218-2569 www.adoptionsfromtheheart.org

Washington: Permits single GLBT adoption. Joint adoption unclear. Second-parent adoption in some areas.

  • ADOPTION ASSISTANCE AND HOMESTUDY SERVICES 6814 Greenwood Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98103 (206)367-1581 Joyce@adoptassist.com www.adoptassist.com
  • Amara Parenting and Adoption Services 3300 East Union Street Seattle, WA 98122 (206)260-1700 1(800)239-9238 (toll free) amara@amaraparenting.org www.amaraparenting.org
  • Open Adoption and Family Services (* see Oregon listing for main office) 200 West Mercer St. #E-508 Seattle, WA 98119 (206)782-0442 Para Español:1(800)985-6763 www.openadopt.org

    also in: Vancouver (360)254-7236

    Olympia (360)352-3063

West Virginia: Permits single GLBT adoption. Does not clearly prohibit joint gay adoption. Second-parent adoption unclear.

Wisconsin: Permits single GLBT adoption. Does not clearly prohibit joint gay adoption. Second-parent adoption prohibited.

  • Crossroads Adoption Services (*see Minnesota listings for main office) 911 Fourth Street, Suite 214 Hudson, WI 54016 (715)386-5550 www.crossroadsadoption.com

Wyoming: Permits single GLBT adoption. Joint adoption unclear. Second-parent adoption unclear.

National Adoption Resources:

  • Help Us Adopt.org info@helpusadopt.org www.helpusadopt.org

    *An agency providing grants to help pay for the adoption process. Grants range from $500-$15,000 depending on individual circumstance. Apply online.

  • ABC Adoptions.com www.abcadoptions.com

    *Social networking site for prospective adopting parents to share stories learn from one another. It is also supposed to serves as a way to connect birth mothers with prospective families...however, I saw no postings by birth mothers as of the date I visited the site.

International Adoption Resources:

  • The Ties Program:
  • 10520 W. Bluemound Road Wauwatosa, WI 53226 1(800)398-3676 www.adoptivefamilytravel.com

    (*note)This program specializes in helping adoptive families with children adopted from other countries to travel back to their country of origin and learn their heritage. This submission was sent to me by a lesbian family that regularly participates in this program with their son.

  • Northwest Airlines: Special Delivery Fares for International Adopters 1(800)322-4162 www.NWA.COM/features/adopt.shtml www.NWA.COM/features/adopt.shtml

    *NWA/KLM International Adoption fare specialists. Significant fare discounts for families adopting children from any of Northwest/KLM's 100+ international destinations throughout Asia, Africa, Europe, India, and the Middle East. See the web site for information and eligibility form.