Adoption and Foster Care Resources

The following are descriptions of gay-friendly adoption & foster care agencies and businesses that can assist you in building or nurturing your family.


Ascentria Care Alliance offers the only refugee and immigrant foster care program in Massachusetts through our unique Unaccompanied Children and Unaccompanied Refugee Minors programs. Through these programs, Ascentria provides long-term foster care to youth who fled dangerous circumstances in their home countries and are in the United States seeking safety, without a parent or guardian to care for them.

Ascentria trains, licenses and supports a specialized network of foster parents to care for refugee and immigrant youth from countries such as Guatemala, Afghanistan and Guinea. Foster parents provide youth with safety and stability as they work to achieve independence. Ascentria provides foster parents with 24/7 support from our dedicated team.

We have a dire need for new foster parents of all backgrounds. Ascentria is committed to being a safe and inclusive space for families, and are proud to earn recognition from the Human Rights Campaign’s All Children – All Families LGBTQ+ initiative in 2022 and 2023. Ascentria is actively seeking foster parents from the LGBTQ+ community as we work to ensure that all of our youth are affirmed and loved unconditionally.

If your heart is called to help immigrant youth, please visit our website to learn more at or contact us at (508)340-7586.



The Barker Adoption Foundation is a non-profit adoption agency licensed in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. Since 1945, we have been providing comprehensive adoption services and have placed over 7,000 children into loving families. Our mission is to serve all members of the adoption community including – persons who have been adopted, birth parents, adoptive parents and adoption professionals. 

Barker is actively seeking prospective adoptive parents for our older child adoption program, our dual program (for those open to both infant and older child adoption) and our inter-country adoption programs for children with specialized needs. Our comprehensive adoption programs will work with couples and single individuals regardless of race, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and marital status to assist them with identifying the right program. Currently there are estimated to be over 100,000 children in the US foster care system who are eligible for adoption, most of them between the ages of 10 –17.

If you or someone you know might be the right family for a waiting child, please reach out to us, or visit our website to learn more.

Phone: 301-664-9664
E-Mail For Inquiries:


(718) 497-6090 ext. 750

Established in 1990, Coalition for Hispanic Family Services (CHFS) is the only licensed foster care and adoption agency of color in New York City. CHFS’ mission is to strengthen families of color by providing them with culturally competent services that build upon the strengths of their culture and lead them towards a greater degree of self-reliance. In addition to foster care and adoption CHFS offers an array of services that include family support, mental health, education and youth development.

CHFS’s Enhanced Family Foster Care program works with children in care ages birth to 23, their birth families and foster family to achieve permanency in the form of reunification, discharge to kin, or adoption.

CHFS’s home finders recruit, certify and support foster parents who keep children safe while offering nurturance and guidance to promote their well-being. LGBTQIA2S+ persons are valued resources to our foster parenting community and are encouraged to learn more about becoming a foster parent. Every child deserves to have caring, accepting adults in their lives. Please consider helping a child in need by offering them love and acceptance in your home. CHFS holds bilingual Foster Parent Orientations on a regular basis with One-on-One orientations available upon request.

To learn more about how to become a foster parent, attend an orientation, or sign up for our newsletter, please visit our website Become a Foster Parent - Home ( or dial (718) 497-6090 ext. 750 to speak with a home finder.


Angela, the founder of Giampolo Law Group, is an LGBTQ+ attorney dedicated to serving the LGBTQ+ community, and those who love us, for all of their legal needs. One of our most fundamental legal needs as LGBTQ+ folks is assistance in creating and protecting our families. Look no further, Giampolo Law Group is the go-to law firm for our community. We are driven, focused and passionate in serving the LGBTQ+ community and being a valuable resource to everyone.

Whether you're adopting a child, drafting a premarital agreement, updating your estate plan, negotiating a parenting plan or deciding whether to get married, you deserve an empathetic attorney by your side, and Angela is just that.

Angela helps you cut through the overwhelming noise involved in navigating family and estate planning.

Angela D. Giampolo, principal of Giampolo Law Group, is licensed in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Arizona and specializes in LGBT law, business law, real estate law, and civil rights. Her website is and you can contact her at


Guiding youth and empowering families.

Glove House serves youth and families from 15 New York State counties. We encourage change by reigniting hope, guiding children and empowering families to live successfully through locally provided services: crisis stabilization, prevention, counseling, advocacy, and the creation of positive learning environments.

Glove House was founded in 1970 by Norman "Chuck" Jennings, a professional boxer, along with his wife, Nellie, and the community of Elmira, NY. They recognized there were boys in Elmira who had no place to call home and lacked a plan for a sustainable future. And so, the doors of Glove House opened to 7 teenage boys.

Over time, the communities we serve have grown and evolved as has how we serve them, now focusing on keeping youth in their homes providing wrap-around care through a variety of programs. Today Glove House serves approximately 540 youth and adults through person-centered, trauma-informed approaches. And we actively seek new foster parents and families to provide the loving and stable home every child needs. 1-877-687-1265.

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Open your heart and your home, and become a foster parent! Join our top-rated foster care program and discover a community of support. Whether you are an experienced parent or growing your family for the first time, Graham has a nurturing team of dedicated professionals who are committed to your success as a foster parent.

We believe in offering comprehensive help that wraps around families and children—at Graham, you will have full access to our wide range of programs designed to help children and families thrive. Visit our website or call today! Call Sheila (718) 294-1715 x4317 or Anne (718) 875-1167 x3342.


Founded in 1897, Hephzibah Children's Association is a child welfare agency in Oak Park, IL offering a residential treatment program, foster care, intact family services and day care programs.

On any given day in Illinois, there are nearly 20,000 children in foster care. Foster care is a temporary arrangement while parents and children receive the services and support they need to succeed as a family unit. Hephzibah’s foster care program helps ensure there are licensed families in the Chicagoland area available to provide a safe and nurturing environment during this time. If reunification cannot be achieved, foster parents may be asked to consider becoming a child’s forever family through adoption.

As a licensed Hephzibah foster parent, you’ll never feel alone. We provide a variety of services to help you create a safe and nurturing environment for a child. Services include:

• Foster parent training, mentoring and support groups
• A 24-hour crisis hotline
• Family events and activities
• A summer camp experience for siblings living in different foster homes

If you would like to learn more about opening your HEART and HOME to a child in need, please contact our Foster Care Specialist, Nancy Silver at or call 708-649-7184.


Serving more than 250 youth out of three sites located in Chicago, Matteson, and Joliet, IL, Little City is committed to recruiting and supporting foster/adoptive families to provide loving homes for youth ages 0-21 that have been identified as abused or neglected by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. Little City’s Foster Care & Adoption program has attained the Human Rights Campaign’s All Children All Families Seal of Recognition for being culturally competent in serving LGBTQIA+ youth and families, the first program in Illinois to achieve this recognition.


We are National Youth Advocate Program, Inc. (NYAP). We have a non-negotiable commitment to do what is best for children, youth and their families and have an abiding faith that every person has an innate ability to learn, grow and develop. We provide opportunities and resources to youth and families through our innovative programs and services, and we strongly support and offer guidance to our dedicated foster parents. We are united by our humanity and enriched by our diversity and are committed to supporting and protecting youth and families and to strengthening the communities we are proud to serve.

NYAP has provided cost effective, community based services and support to children, youth and families since 1978. We offer flexible, creative, outcome-based solutions in four different categories: Out-of-home Placement, Positive Youth Development, Reunification/Permanency and Prevention/Intervention. Since our beginning, we have watched the child welfare community evolve from being almost singularly focused on working with children identified as abused, neglected, dependent or delinquent, to the philosophy we have embraced for 40 years: the primary focus must be holistically placed on preserving and unifying families and strengthening the communities they call home. Learn more at


Janene Oleaga, Esq.

Offices in Huntington, New York and Portland, Maine

254 Commercial Street, Suite 245, Portland, ME 04101 - (207) 200-6780
133 New York Avenue, Suite C, Huntington, NY 11743 - (631) 840-7967

Oleaga Law LLC is a boutique law firm dedicated to all aspects of family formation law. Representing LGBTQ individuals, intended parents, egg donors, sperm donors, and embryo donors, Janene's mission is to guide and protect your family as you navigate the world of assisted reproduction and adoption.

Janene is experienced with gestational carrier agreements, egg donation/sperm donation agreements, embryo disposition, embryo donation, and all methods of securing legal parentage including confirmatory adoptions, pre-birth/post-birth orders, and judgments of parentage.

Oleaga Law LLC serves clients in New York, Maine, and New Hampshire and international.



Spence-Chapin is a licensed and accredited nonprofit organization offering quality adoption services for more than 100 years. Our mission is to help find loving families for children whatever their needs or circumstances and provide counseling and support for all children and the families to whom they have been born or entrusted. Our mission is driven by the belief that every child deserves a family.

Spence-Chapin focuses on finding permanent homes for children who need families; promoting the understanding of adoption through counseling and public education; and improving adoption's image and practice. Through our post-adoption support services and community programs, we help each family member navigate their individual adoption stories with clarity and confidence. Spence-Chapin's roots can be traced to the early 1900s and the pioneering work of Clara Spence, and Dr. and Mrs. Henry Chapin, who independently established nurseries out of concern for homeless infants abandoned in hospitals and shelters.

Today, Spence-Chapin is proud of our role as a prominent voice and leading advocate for adoption, and of our commitment to the well-being of birth parents, adoptive parents, and their children.

To learn more about adoption programs as well as post-adoption support, visit our website at or call us at 212-400-8150.


833-LUV-KIDS Ext. 105 or 114

Therapeutic Interventions has served Tennessee’s children and families for over 20 years and is an accredited agency through the Council on Accreditation (COA). A bedrock principle of our agency is to support the children and youth entrusted to our care, no matter what. Over the years, we have seen an increase in LGBTQ+ youth entering foster care in Tennessee. Time and again, our foster parents and our team have stepped up to the plate to ensure that every child can be part of a safe and caring family. Our agency aspires to be the provider of choice for LGBTQ+ youth in foster care and for LGBTQ+ foster parents in Tennessee. We believe that every child deserves unconditional love and acceptance. We encourage people of all backgrounds to become foster parents and to be part of something that matters. Today’s reality is that LGBTQ+ youth enter a foster care system ill-equipped to meet their needs, which often subjects them to additional discrimination and trauma. Therapeutic Interventions is working to be a leader in the foster care system in supporting youth and foster parents who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community.