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.
A BABY STEP ADOPTION
A Baby Step Adoption is a local Adoption Agency based in Philadelphia that serves prospective adoptive families from all over the United States. We offer unparalleled services and support to adoptive families, as well as support and guidance to pregnant women making an adoption plan.
For over thirty years, we have been helping the LGBTQ community create their forever families through the gift of adoption. Our goal is to create families in the shortest possible time as to provide the highest level of support for expectant mothers and adoptive families. A Baby Step Adoption serves all families- including LGBTQ individuals and families, single parents, married and unmarried couples, blended families, and families with children.
We are proud to have the distinction of receiving the Human Rights Campaign’s “All Children, All Families” Seal of Approval for LGBTQ+ cultural competency and our work towards becoming fully welcoming and affirming of LGBTQ youth and parents.
Every journey begins with a single step. For more information, please visit www.ababystepadoption.com or call us at 888-505-2367.
Adoption STAR (Support, Training, Advocacy & Resources) is a compassionate and unique agency. We are New York State authorized, Florida and Ohio licensed, and we’ve secured the Human Rights Campaign’s “All Children, All Families” Seal of Approval for LGBTQ+ cultural competency. Adoption STAR takes a strong stand on adoption education and believes no one can make a decision to adopt or place a child for adoption without fully educating themselves on adoption and its many options. Adoption STAR is an agency committed to the best interests of children and will offer all birth families regardless of race, health, circumstances, or disability, the option of adoption for their child. Adoption STAR is an agency dedicated to maintaining connections between adoptive families and birth families and offers education and support with an adoption plan. Regardless of whether you’re interested in adopting an infant or an older child, we have a program for you!
For more information about Adoption STAR and its services, visit our website: www.adoptionstar.com.
Have questions about building your family?
We have answers.
Since 1993, Meryl B. Rosenberg, Esq. has been guiding LGBT couples and singles on the path to parenthood. Whether you need assistance with your surrogacy arrangement or legal services for second-parent adoption, birth orders, or egg/sperm/embryo donation — we know how to help.
LEGAL SERVICES FOR LGBT FAMILY-BUILDING: In the evolving field of reproductive law, our expertise and personalized approach are uniquely suited to meet your needs. As LGBT parents, it is essential that you secure recognition as the child's legal parent(s). We specialize in second-parent adoptions in Maryland and DC, and offer legal assistance with egg/embryo/sperm donation, birth orders, and surrogacy agreements.
JUST ASK: We are devoted to providing our clients with attention, advice and care. Our Founder, Meryl Rosenberg, will personally answer your questions and handle all legal representation.
Call Meryl at (301) 217-0074, or visit www.ARTparenting.com.
THE BARKER ADOPTION FOUNDATION
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 in permanent, loving homes. Our mission is to serve all participants in the adoption circle – birth parents, adoptive parents, and persons who have been adopted.
Project Wait No Longer is Barker’s older child adoption program. This comprehensive program works with couples and single individuals regardless of race, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and marital status to assist them with the adoption of older children whose circumstances resulted in their being placed into public foster care. Most of the children are between the ages of 10 -17 years old and some are part of sibling groups. The children have often been abused and neglected and are in urgent need of a permanent, loving and stable family. There are an estimated 400,000 children in foster care with slightly over 100,000 children currently awaiting adoption.
CHILD AND FAMILY SERVICES OF NORTHWESTERN MICHIGAN
At CFS, we believe that kids grow best in families. CFS has provided foster care and adoption services to northern Michigan for 83 years. We license foster homes and connect foster parents with children who need them. When foster care is not an option, we also provide adoption services, creating new families each year. CFS supports the LGTBQ community and licenses all types of families who can provide a loving home for children. We frequently offer free, ongoing training, referrals, education, support groups, and mentoring to make foster care and adoption the most beneficial to the children and families we serve.
Founded in 1978, CONCERN a multi-service private non-profit 501(c)(3) human services organization dedicated to providing placement and treatment services to children and their families offering a growing array of foster care, adoption and permanency, community-based, residential, and behavioral health services throughout eastern and north central Pennsylvania and southern Maryland.
A pioneer of treatment foster care, CONCERN believes that children placed in foster care should live in a traditional family setting in the community, rather than in a residential or institutional setting and has been at the forefront of innovative programs to meet the individual needs of the child and to promote the strengthening of the family unit.
All young people in foster care need a meaningful connection to someone who can be a support and lasting presence in their lives, and, foster, kinship and adoptive families who open their hearts and homes to children, play a vital role in helping these young people heal, reconnect, and begin to build a brighter future.
Every child deserves a sense of stability and a safe place to call home, so please contact Cindy O'Neil, CONCERN’s Manager of Foster Care Intake and Recruitment at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-944-0445, or visit www.concern4kids.org to learn more about the joys and rewards of becoming a foster or adoptive parent.
DEVEREUX ADVANCED BEHAVIORAL HEALTH
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit organizations providing services, insight and leadership in the evolving field of behavioral healthcare. Founded in 1912 by special education pioneer Helena Devereux, the organization operates a comprehensive network of clinical, therapeutic, educational, and employment programs and services that positively impact the lives of tens of thousands of children, adults – and their families – every year. Focused on clinical advances emerging from a new understanding of the brain, its unique approach combines evidence-based interventions with compassionate family engagement.
With more than 7,500 employees working in programs across the nation, Devereux is a recognized partner for families, schools and communities, serving many of our country’s most vulnerable populations in the areas of autism, intellectual and developmental disabilities, specialty mental health, and child welfare. Programs – offered in hospital, residential, community and school-based settings – include: assessments; interventions and support; transition and independent life services; family and professional training; research and innovation; and advocacy and public education. For more than a century, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health has been guided by its mission: To change lives by unlocking and nurturing human potential for people living with emotional, behavioral or cognitive differences. Learn more at www.devereux.org.
FAMILY LEGAL ADVOCACY GROUP, LLC
With changes in the law, LGBTQ individuals and families in Maryland still face unique legal issues. Family Legal Advocacy Group, LLC (FLAG) can assist you with your legal issues.
As the legal landscape for LGBTQ families continues to evolve, having an attorney who is knowledgeable about the best and most current ways to secure family rights is extremely important.
FLAG can assist you with:
Reproductive Rights and Protection
Estate and Medical Care Planning
Marriage and Divorce Issues
Name and Gender Changes
FLAG believes in supporting all individuals with family-related legal issues. Whether your family consists of a single individual or many members, our attorneys understand how to assist clients in getting the appropriate legal protections for their families.
Although we often work with parents who are separating, one of the most rewarding areas of our practice is helping to protect families as they are newly forming.
Contact FLAG at 410-884-0400 for assistance with any LGBTQ legal issues.
LUTHERAN SOCIAL SERVICES OF THE NATIONAL CAPITAL AREA (LSS/NCA)
LSS/NCA's Unaccompanied Refugee Minor (URM) program creates loving and responsible foster homes for youth that have fled situations of war and persecution. This program ensures that eligible unaccompanied minor populations receive the full range of assistance, care, and services available to all foster children in the state by establishing a legal authority to act in place of the child’s unavailable parent(s).
We provide informational sessions and training to families seeking to open their homes to these refugee youth, as well as case management and support services to these youth. In 2019, 27 refugee youth were served through our URM programming and 31 parents were trained in foster care.
NAFI Connecticut has been providing services to youth and families since 1994. Our foster care programs understand and support the complex and rewarding relationships within families. Our highly trained professionals provide support and training for families to help provide children with a structured, nurturing environment for optimal growth.
Treatment Foster Care Oregon is a short-term, treatment foster care program providing services for adolescents involved in the juvenile justice system. Families host a youth for approximately six to nine months with the goal of re-unifying the youth with their biological family or an appropriate aftercare resource.
Host Families are people that have a genuine interest in helping to provide a safe, structured, and nurturing environment for youth.
The main goals of the Host Family are to:
• Provide close supervision
• Offer a supportive relationship to the youth with at least one mentoring adult
• Encourage academic, social and emotional skill development.
NAFI staff help the families provide this holistic care through:
• Comprehensive pre-service training
• Clinical services for the child and biological family
• Weekly support groups for the Host Parent(s)
• 24 hour on-call for guidance and support
Please contact our recruitment specialist, Julie Kolakowski at JulieKolakowski@nafi.com or (860) 904-5385.
NAFI New York
creating diverse and innovative services for people
Open your home and heart to a youth in need.
Foster parents play an essential role in providing safe and nurturing homes to children and youth. NAFI New York offers support services and in-depth training for foster families to help create life-long family ties. Together, we'll build upon the strength of your unique family and give a child a world of possibilities. NAFI NY provides specialized foster care and therapeutic services to youth with mental health and behavioral issues. While a number of these children have developmental disabilities, many are dealing with the consequences of abuse, neglect and other various traumas. The level of care provided and the skills and commitment shown by foster families underscores just how valuable they are to the success of our program and the youth we serve.
NAFI New York is currently seeking Therapeutic Foster Care homes in the following areas:
• Westchester County
• Orange County
• Rockland County
• Duchess County
For more information or to learn about the foster parent application and training process, please visit our website at www.nafiny.org or contact Angie Falzone, Program Director, at email@example.com
THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
5140 Nannie Helen Burroughs Ave. N.E.
Washington, DC 20019
The National Center for Children and Families - Foster Care and Adoption Services Division provides child safety, well-being and permanency through nurturing foster home placements. The foster care programs provide trauma informed case management services to youth and families who have entered foster care in the District of Columbia and Maryland due to neglect and/or abuse.
Join us to help Raise Hope & Foster Dreams!
NEW HAMPSHIRE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Division for Children, Youth and Families
Help New Hampshire Children.
Be a Foster Parent.
Learn More; call 603-271-4711 or visit www.dhhs.nh.gov.
NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
The New Jersey Department of Children Families, Division of Child Protection and Permanency, is New Jersey’s child protection and child welfare agency. Its mission is to ensure the safety, permanency and well-being of children and to support families. Our agency is a proud HRC All Children – All Families Recognized Leader in supporting and serving LGBT Youth and Families. There are children in your community who need the warmth and guidance of a family. You can make a difference, be a foster or adoptive parent. You Can Do This! You can provide a home where a child can feel safe, offer guidance, understanding and help a child heal. For more information about becoming and foster or adoptive parent, please visit us at, www.njfoster.org.
THE SAINT YVES LAW FIRM
As the Managing Owner of The Saint Yves Law Firm, Attorney Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste concentrates her legal practice on Estate Planning and Administration, Taxation, Contract, and Family Law. Located in Towson, Maryland, Marie-Yves is passionate about providing a better future for those in need of legal services/protection.
To ensure the LGBTQIA community members enjoy equality and continue to remain equal, Marie-Yves focuses on the areas already mentioned as well as additional legal issues affecting the community, one that is near and dear to her heart.
Coming from a working-class family in New York City, Marie-Yves credits her personal experiences and upbringing for her ability to be empathetic and effective with all of her clients. Marie-Yves is licensed to practice law in Maryland and Federal District Court.
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 wellbeing of birth parents, adoptive parents, and their children.
S.T.A.R. Programs has been serving foster youth in Santa Clara County, CA since 1976. Our Foster Family Agency is currently looking for Resource Parents (formally known as foster parents) to provide homes to youth in our community. Successful Resource Parents are dedicated to protecting, nurturing, and providing safe, healthy, trauma-informed environments with positive support for children who need a family. S.T.A.R. Foster Family Agency works as a team with Resource Parents to meet the needs of the children and support Resource Parents every step of the way.
Our agency is able to serve families from the following counties: Santa Clara, San Mateo, Alameda, Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Benito, Solano, San Francisco, and Contra Costa. Serving a diverse group of youth, our agency values multicultural and multiracial individuals and families, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer families, single-parent families, and all other families, couples and singles that can provide a caring home environment.
YOU GOTTA BELIEVE!
You Gotta Believe (YGB) exists for one reason... to work toward the day when no young person leaves foster care without the unconditional lifetime commitment of a family. Our goal is for every kid to experience love, hope, and a sense of belonging. We recruit parents, train and certify families, and provide crucial ongoing therapeutic support services to families. We believe no child should leave the foster care system without a lifelong support network in place (family). Everyone deserves a family – and that family is a critical element to human health and prosperity. That's why we ask all parents to make an unconditional lifetime commitment to their child. In turn, we make an unconditional commitment to always be there to support our families.