Adoption Agencies

The good news? There are thousands of agencies and services offering adoption for couples across the country, and gay families like Cam, Mitchell, and adopted daughter Lily from ABC’s Modern Family are only increasing. The bad news? Some agencies may refuse gay couples their services because of a religious affiliation, personal beliefs or bias. There are also some agencies or services that aren’t completely forthcoming about their intentions or operations for both gay and straight couples.

Thankfully, that is not the norm, and many agencies are more than willing to provide gay and lesbian couples the same services as straight couples. Double thankfully, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has embarked on the All Children – All Families Initiative , a project that helps educate adoption agencies and child welfare professionals about LGBT families, and, in turn, educate LGBT families about adoption and foster care opportunities. Through this initiative, HRC has provided a list of agencies that have achieved and/or are seeking to achieve the All Children–All Families Seal of Recognition, which consists of meeting 10 benchmarks in LGBT cultural competency. We’ve listed the agencies that have achieved the HRC seal and/or are working with the HRC below.

Learn more about the project here

The agencies listed below are participating in the All Children – All Families initiative:

Agencies That Have Achieved The Seal of Recognition

These agencies have achieved all benchmarks of LGBT cultural competence and are fully welcoming of LGBT individuals and families:

Family Focus Adoption Services

54-40 Little Neck Parkway, Suite 4
Little Neck, NY 11362
Phone: (718) 224-1919
Toll Free: 1-866-855-1919
Fax: (718) 225-8360
Services provided: Home studies, adoption from foster care, infant domestic adoption, welfare training
Additional Information: FAMILY FOCUS ADOPTION SERVICES welcomes all applicants. By policy, this agency does not discriminate on the basis of age, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or marital or financial status.

Forever Families Through Adoption Inc.

62 Bowman Avenue
Rye Brook, New York 10573
Phone: (914) 939-1180
Fax: (914) 939-1181
Services provided: Domestic adoption, International adoption, resources, and home study services.

Adoption Alliance

Denver, CO
Services offered: Waiting Child adoptions, International adoptions, and therapeutic foster care. Domestically, they also offer Kinship, Designated, Second Parent and Custodial Adoption programs

Adoption Connection

San Francisco, CA
Services offered: Stepparent adoption program, domestic adoption program, international adoption program

Adoptions From The Heart

Wynnewood, PA
Services offered: Domestic adoption, International adoption home study, private adoption assistance

Adoption Resources of Wisconsin

Milwaukee, WI
Services offered: foster care adoption

Adoptions Together

Silver Spring, MD
Services offered: Domestic adoption, International adoption, foster care adoption

Family Builders

Oakland & San Francisco, CA
Services offered: Foster care and adoption in California

Independent Adoption Center

San Francisco Bay Area, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Atlanta, GA
Indianapolis, IN
Raleigh, NC
Houston, TX
Toll Free: 1-800-877-OPEN
Services offered: Largest and one of the oldest fully open adoption agencies in the country and it has been instrumental in pioneering open adoption.

Los Angeles County Department of Children & Family Services

Pasadena, CA
Services offered: Adoptions from Foster Care

National Adoption Center

Philadelphia, PA
Services offered: The National Adoption Center expands adoption opportunities for children living in foster care throughout the United States, and is a resource to families and to agencies who seek the permanency of caring homes for children.

Penny Lane Centers

North Hills, CA
Services offered: Independent adoption, adoption through foster care

Southern California Foster Family and Adoption Agency

Los Angeles, CA
Services offered: adoption through foster care, Adoption Home Study Services, Adoption Workshops, Post Placement Services and Post Adoption Services to prospective adoptive parents who are going through the Independent Adoption process with an attorney.

Agencies That Have Completed Assessment

These agencies have completed their self-assessment and are working with the HRC Foundation to review their policies and practices as needed in order to be fully welcoming of LGBT individuals and families:
• Adopt A Special Kid (AASK), Oakland, CA
• Adoption & Counseling Services for Families Inc., Overland Park, KS
• Adoption Resource Associates, Cambridge, MA
• Alameda County Social Services Agency, Oakland, CA
• Anchor House, Trenton, NJ
• Bellefaire Jewish Children’s Bureau, Shaker Heights, OH
• Casey Family Programs, Seattle, WA
• Child & Family Services Agency, Washington, DC
• Clark County Department of Family Services, Las Vegas, NV
• Devereux Arizona, Tucson, AZ
• Diakon Adoption and Foster Care, Mechanicsburg, PA
• Family to Family Adoptions Inc., Richmond, TX
• Five Acres Foster/Adoptive Family Agency, El Monte, CA
• Fostering Futures, Ypsilanti, MI
• Friends in Adoption, Middletown Springs, VT
• Hands Across The Water, Ann Arbor, MI
• Hillsborough Kids, Tampa, FL
• Klingberg Family Centers, New Britain, CT
• McKinley Children’s Center, Glendora, CA
• Midwest Foster Care and Adoption Association (MFCAA), Independence, MO
• Nathanson Adoption Services, Charlotte, NC
• New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services, Trenton, NJ
• New York Council on Adoptable Children, New York, NY
• Pact, An Adoption Alliance, Oakland, CA
• Project Patchwork Inc., St. Petersburg, FL
• TLC Child & Family Services, Sebastopol, CA
• Upper Bay Adoption & Counseling Services, Wilmington, DE

Reader-Recommended Gay Friendly Agencies

Kinship Center

Salinas, California (with various locations throughout CA)
Services offered: adoption, foster care, and adoption education

Open Adoption & Family Services

Portland and Eugene, OR
Seattle, WA
Services offered: Open adoption for gay and lesbian families

Adoption Advocates

Austin, TX
Services offered: Open adoption. Adoption Advocates is a small, nonprofit, charitable adoption agency licensed by the State of Texas since 1991.

Heartsent Adoptions, Inc.

Orinda, California and
Pasadena, California
454 S. Marengo Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91101
Phone: 626-793-8333
Fax: 626-793-2738
Services offered: Domestic adoptions to California same-sex couples

Adoption Advocates International

709 South Peabody
Port Angeles, WA 98362
Phone: 360-452-4777
Fax: 360-452-1107
Services offered: International and domestic adoption

IC reader Julie says:
“My partner and I are adopting from Ethiopia. We are using Adoption Advocates International out of Washington. They’ve been fabulous.”

A Loving Choice Adoption Associates>/h3>
25 Monroe Avenue
Shrewsbury, NJ 07702
Phone: 732-224-0924
Fax: 732-842-1740

Other Adoption Resources in NY:

Lisa D. Maynard

Adoption Resource Network at Hillside Children’s Center
1183 Monroe Avenue
Rochester, NY 14620
Services Provided: Information, education, referral and support on all aspects of adoption and foster care.
Phone: (585) 256-7967
Fax: (585) 256-7555

Carolyn N. Berger, LCSW

Adoption Advisory Council
The American Fertility Association
Phone: 914-834-6396

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  1. KRISTEN says:

    We are using Open Adoption and Family Services in Seattle. They are very gay friendly, and have never had an issue feeling anything less than welcomed by all of the counselors.

  2. Kendra says:

    Thanks Kristen, we are always looking to grow our resources, so we will add them to the list!

  3. Jessica says:

    My partner and I just began thinking about adoption. Does anyone know of any resources in Illinois? We just don’t even know where to begin.

  4. Jerry says:

    We are also using Open Adoption & Family Services through Portland Oregon. They have made us feel so welcome! We live in Oklahoma and are using them because of their openness to everyone.

  5. Aimee says:

    Hands Across the Water in Ann Arbor, MI is no longer in the assessment stage, but has now achieved the Seal of Recognition from the HRC!

  6. Daniel says:

    My name is Daniel, my partner and I are looking to adopt but not sure where to start. We live in Virginia and know it is almost impossible to adopt here together. Can anyone please help us? We have heard that we can adopt from another state is this true?

    • Ruth says:

      Hi, Daniel, I recommend you contact Rainbow Families DC. They have an adoption support group, an email list, etc., and can give advice and/or connect you with someone who can. We have friends who live in VA and adopted — it’s definitely possible!

    • Joey says:

      Daniel, my partner are in the Tidewater area in VA and we are working with The Up Center. Very GLBT friendly, but we can’t adopt together here in VA. We had to have two different home studies, one for each of us, we had to have two rooms with two beds and write the home study as we were roommates. We plan to go to another state and adopt from there so that we are both legally the parents. Good Luck!

  7. Shaniese says:

    Me and my parther have been thinking about children for awhile and we were looking into adoption agencies open to sam sex couples in Illinois and as well as artificial insemination and sperm banks. Any information will be helpful

  8. Brenda says:

    I am the Volunteer Coordinator for JFSA (Jewish Family Service Agency) in Las Vegas, NV. We are a social services agency. While our focus is on the Jewish community, we serve all individuals without regard to religion, race, age, disability, sexual orientation, or national origin. Through our agency we offer an adoption program, Open Arms Adoptions. We help those deserving parents of ANY kind find a baby to help complete their family.
    I am honored to work with the dedicated individuals I do and I just wanted to help spread the word of the wonderful things we do.

  9. Chris says:

    My partner and I recently movef to ft lauderdale from dc. We are going to make ft lauderdale home and we are hoping to also finally begin a family. Understanding Florida
    Is a conservative state we are looking for any guidance or agencies who could help us.

  10. Scott says:

    My partner and I have decided to adopt. We have been talking to an agency in California called Lifeling Adoptions. I would be curious to know if anyone has any experience with them or any recommendation for an agency in Missouri.

  11. Veronica says:

    My partner and I would like to do a private adoption. We live in New Mexico. Does anyone one know a gay friendly adoption agency here in Albuquerque, New Mexico? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

  12. kendra says:

    does anyone know of anywhere in oklahoma that is alright with it? i want to adopt my baby out to an lgbt couple.

  13. Jess says:

    Hi there,
    My SO and I are moving back to AZ this summer/early fall and want to begin the process of adoption asap… does anyone know of any agencies that are willing to help us out?

  14. We are a New Jersey licensed agency and our program is open to all regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation or national origin. If you reside in New Jersey and need a home study, or would like to learn more about our profile placement program, feel free to contact us at 732-224-0924.

  15. My name is Dr. Valerie D. Jackson. We are a new adoption and supportive care agency that is very excited about offering services to children and families in Texas. We secured our DFPS adoption contract February 2014. Our focus is on the LGBTQ community. Let us know if we can serve your adoptions needs.

    Dr. Valerie D. Jackson
    Executive Director / Administrator
    Monarch Family Services
    4500 Montrose Boulevard, Suite E
    Houston Texas 77006
    (281) 236-3989 (office), (832) 202-2479 (fax)

  16. Ismael says:

    What is the maximum age of the person to adopt?

  17. Anthony says:

    My husband and I worked with A Loving Choice Adoption Associates in New Jersey. Gay friendly and very professional.

  18. Christina says:

    My partner and I have been considering international ads well as local adoption, but we have been unsuccessful in finding information about adoption in Alaska. Any information would
    Be helpful.

  19. Michael says:

    My partner and I live in central Pennsylvania and have really been talking about how we want a son. I want to do a closed adoption and no surrogates. Does anybody have better resources that we can look into? Thank you.

  20. Nicole says:

    Has anyone worked with Lifelong Adoptions? Their cost stated online are very reasonable but I can’t find any reviews outside of what is stated on their own website.
    My wife and I live in Louisiana and truly want to start a family.
    Thank you!

  21. Ruth says:

    i am Dr.Ruth and we are in custody of a 9 months old
    Caucasian baby who’s mom died giving birth to him in our hospital and
    i have no trace about his family.We have been taking care of this kid
    for 9 months and now we are looking for any family to adopt the boy
    and show him all the love he needs.And someone told me about this
    website where i could meet people willing to adopt him.and that was
    how i found your contact information on the please do
    get back to me and i will give you his profile and some photos if you
    are willing to me via email on ( )
    Dr. Ruth


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