Adoption is gaining ground as the most preferred option among people who cannot have children on their own. But adopting is not as easy for gays as it is for straight people. Not only do you have to check if the law allows it, you must also ensure that you contact the right agency. Read on to learn how to select an agency to use for your gay adoption.
Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Get information from various national organizations that support gay adoption. They can provide you valuable information on adoption agencies that support gay adoption. Look up the American Bar Association, the National Association of Social Workers and the North American Council on Adoptable Children. See the Resources section for links.
Visit the Web sites of organizations that work for gay causes to get information about agencies that support gay adoption. For instance, you can visit the Web site of Human Rights Campaign. See the Resources section for a link.
Make inquiries about the agencies you have short listed. Call up the agency and check if they cater to gay couples. This is necessary as there are agencies who only work with straight couples.
Check past records of every agency. Research previous placements and if there have been any lawsuits against the agency.
Check the Web site of the agency and find if they have placed any children with a gay parent or gay parents. Learn more about the support services that they provide before and after adoption.
Learn more about the details of the adoption process. Find out if gay parents who want to adopt have to go through any special procedure for adoption.
Find out what steps the agency needs to take to ensure that the child is placed in the best environment.
Talk to gay couples who have adopted children from that agency. Learn about the support provided by the agency before and after the adoption.
Determine costs, including attorney fees and all other expenses. Compare the cost of all the agencies that you have on your list.