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

www.familyfocusadoption.org

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

adopt@foreverfamiliesthroughadoption.org

www.foreverfamiliesthroughadoption.org

Services provided: Domestic adoption, International adoption, resources, and home study services.

ADOPTION ALLIANCE

Denver, CO

www.adoptall.org

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

www.adoptionconnection.org

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

www.afth.org

ADOPTION RESOURCES OF WISCONSIN

Milwaukee, WI

Services offered: foster care adoption

www.wiadopt.org

ADOPTIONS TOGETHER

Silver Spring, MD

Services offered: Domestic adoption, International adoptionfoster care adoption

www.adoptionstogether.org

FAMILY BUILDERS

Oakland & San Francisco, CA

Services offered: Foster care and adoption in California

www.cakidsconnection.org

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.

www.adoptionhelp.org

LOS ANGELES COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN & FAMILY SERVICES

Pasadena, CA

Services offered: Adoptions from Foster Care

www.dcfs.lacounty.gov/adoptions

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.

www.adopt.org

PENNY LANE CENTERS

North Hills, CA

Services offered: Independent adoption, adoption through foster care

www.pennylane.org

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.

www.scffaa.org

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

www.kinshipcenter.org

OPEN ADOPTION & FAMILY SERVICES

Portland and Eugene, OR

Seattle, WA

Services offered: Open adoption for gay and lesbian families

www.openadopt.org

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.

www.adoptionadvocates.net

HEARTSENT ADOPTIONS, INC.

Orinda, California and

Pasadena, California

454 S. Marengo Ave.

Pasadena, CA 91101

Phone: 626-793-8333

Fax: 626-793-2738

laadoptions@heartsent.org

Services offered: Domestic adoptions to California same-sex couples

www.heartsent.org

ADOPTION ADVOCATES INTERNATIONAL

709 South Peabody

Port Angeles, WA 98362

Phone: 360-452-4777

Fax: 360-452-1107

www.adoptionadvocates.org

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

WWW.ALOVINGCHOICE.ORG

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

Email: lmaynard@hillside.com

www.hillside.com

CAROLYN N. BERGER, LCSW

Chair

Adoption Advisory Council

The American Fertility Association

Email: cnberger@optonline.net

Phone: 914-834-6396

www.carolynberger.org

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