Adoption for Prospective Gay and Lesbian Parents
Since its inception, AdoptHelp has been a place where birth mothers and prospective adoptive parent(s) are given unfettered freedom to make private and personal arrangements for the care of their children/children to be. Indeed, AdoptHelp is a place where each client’s individuality, beliefs, religion, ethnicity, nationality, marital status, and sexual orientation are embraced and respected.
In our experience, most birth mothers are very open to exploring all family types in selecting the parent or parents with whom they wish to place their child for adoption. Our expansive national network provides us with the flexibility to produce the right match that satisfies the preferences of our prospective adoptive parents and our birth mothers.
We work with prospective gay and lesbian parents throughout the United States. With respect to state laws governing gay and lesbian adoption, there are few if any states that deny single gay and lesbian adoptive parents who wish to adopt. The issue of gay and lesbian couples adopting jointly, however, differs greatly from state to state. AdoptHelp is fortunate to be located in the state of California, which has well-established laws and procedures for adoption by gay and lesbian prospective adoptive parents. Because California has liberal jurisdiction and venue laws, if either the prospective adoptive parents or the birth mother reside in California, a same-sex couple can jointly finalize the adoption together in California under the protection of California law. While the laws of other states differ on the issue of gay and lesbian parents jointly adopting, there are many states that have progressive adoption laws similar to California. In the rare instances where a state does not have progressive adoption laws for gay and lesbian adoptive couples, we often can finalize the adoption outside of that state or we can utilize step and second parent adoption to complete the adoption process.
The United States Constitution requires that adoptions finalized in one state must be legally recognized by all other states, thus adoption still offers the most security in protecting the parent-child relationship of gay and lesbian parents across jurisdictions. AdoptHelp Law Center’s attorneys are experienced in preparing cases to be finalized with the assistance of local counsel in all 50 states and have a great deal of expertise in interstate adoption laws and regulations concerning gay and lesbian prospective adoptive parents. Indeed, we have a network of adoption attorneys and professionals across the country ready to assist. If you have questions or concerns about the adoption process, interstate recognition of adoptions, or the adoption laws in your state, please call us toll free at 1-800-637-7999.