A Family For Every Child is proud to support the LGBT families that work with us and is fully committed to equality in adoption. In recent years, increasingly large numbers of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals have chosen to build their families through adoption. While LGBT adoption remains controversial, it is becoming more and more common and even desired by many birth parents. At AFFEC we want to provide every resource and support to help these loving families expand their opportunities to make a positive difference for children.
A Family For Every Child will consider adoption by members of the LGBT community both singles and couples. We believe that every child has the right to a loving, nurturing and permanent family, and that people from a variety of life experiences offers strengths for these children. Therefore, it is the policy of AFFEC that no person should be denied consideration in the adoption process solely based upon marital status, sexual orientation, lifestyle, disability, physical appearance, race, gender, age, religion and/or size of family.
Most states do not have laws or formal policies prohibiting individuals' eligibility to adopt or serve as foster parents based on sexual orientation. Instead, child welfare professionals and judges make placement decisions based on the best interest of the individual child. We are committed to equality in adoption and are very proud of the many children we have already placed in loving, stable, same-sex households.
You are not alone!
- 2 million members of the LGBT community nationwide have considered adoption.
- It is estimated that 65,500 children live with a LGBT parent.
- It is estimated that 14,100 children live with a LGBT foster parent.
- Less than 1/5 of adoption agencies attempt to recruit LGBT families.
- The LGBT community is an extremely underutilized pool of potential adoptive parents.
- Oregon ranks 13 in the nation for children adopted into LGBT families.
Why is it important to acknowledge culture or ethnic difference in adoption
- Transracially adopted children may find themselves struggling to understand why they are "different"
- Transracially adopted children may have difficulty fitting in with their own families, their social environments, and their cultures of origin.
- Transracially adopted children are at risk of having difficulty developing a positive or ethnic identity.