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Resources for LGBT Current and Prospective Resource Parents

In addition to the resources listed on this page, The Adoption Exchange LGBTQ Staff Advocates are available to all families to help answer specific questions and provide personalized advocacy and support. Learn more about LGBTQ Staff Advocates.

Current LGBTQ Staff Advocates


This page provides descriptions and links to resources and organizations that may be helpful to LGBT current and prospective resource parents and their children. This list was prepared by the National Resource Center for Diligent Recruitment at AdoptUSKids

AdoptUSKids

AdoptUSKids provides tools and technical assistance to support states, tribes, and territories in their efforts to connect children in foster care with families interested in adopting them.

  • Adoption Laws and Resources for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Families
    This webpage provides resources and information for LGBT families, information about how to talk with an LGBT adoption specialist, and LGBT family stories. 
  • AdoptUSKids Facebook Group for LGBT Foster or Adoptive Parents
    This closed Facebook group provides information to current and prospective foster or adoptive parents who are part of the LGBT community. Group members can ask questions and share information and ideas on this page. Submit a request to join the group.

Frequently Asked Questions from Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Prospective Foster and Adoptive Parents

This collection of questions and answers from Child Welfare Information Gateway is designed to address some of the concerns that LGBT prospective adoptive parents may encounter when deciding to adopt a child or navigating the adoption process. 

10 Things Children and Youth May Want Their LGBT Foster or Adoptive Parents to Know

This publication from the National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections briefly highlights ten things children of LGBT resource parents may want their parents to know. It can help LGBT foster and adoptive parents support their children and understand their experiences. 

Human Rights Campaign (HRC): Parenting

As the largest national LGBT civil rights organization, HRC envisions an America where LGBT people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work, and in the community. HRC works to secure legal equality, fairness and respect for LGBT couples and our children. The parenting section of the website offers information and resources on adoption, surrogacy, navigating school, and talking to kids, as well as a blog, videos, and an email newsletter.

COLAGE

COLAGE unites people with LGBT and/or queer parents into a network of peers and supports them as they nurture and empower each other to be skilled, self-confident, and just leaders in our collective communities. The COLAGE website provides a variety of resources and publications, including resources in Spanish, for LGBT parents and their children. COLAGE offers events and local community groups and chapters, as well as the following online communities:

  • COLAGE Family: The online Facebook Family is a place for folks 13+ to connect with others across the country (and world!) who share the experience of having one or more LGBTQ parent.
  • Kids of Trans: A space for people 13+ who have transgender parent(s) to connect about the specific experience around having a transgender, gender queer, or two-spirit parent.
  • COLAGE Parent and Guardian Network: This group is a COLAGE "safe space" for parents to connect, ask other parents for advice with challenges, share your joys, discuss LGBTQ parenting together, and learn more about how you can support your children in their experience. 

Family Equality Council

Family Equality Council connects, supports, and represents the three million parents who are LGBT and queer in this country and their six million children. The website offers a variety of resources, including The LGBTQ Family Friendly Children's Book List and Talking To Children About Our Families. The website also provides an online forum, opportunities to connect to upcoming events and parent groups in your area, an email list, parent stories, and The Family Room Blog. 

National Center for Transgender Equality

The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) is a national social justice organization devoted to ending discrimination and violence against transgender people through education and advocacy on national issues of importance to transgender people. The website offers a blog and email list, and includes a section on families with resources from NCTE and partners.