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.
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.
CHILDREN'S HOME AND AID
Children's Home and Aid is the leading private Illinois child welfare agency serving over 1200 children who receive foster care services while 20% identify as LGBT+. For 2021, the Human Rights Campaign awarded the Seal of Recognition for creating a Solid Foundation for Inclusion for the rigorous measures we take for allyship and representation. Children's Home and Aid is at the center of activism work by supporting legislation that benefits diverse foster families and reforms the child welfare system, as well as demonstrating LGBT+ diversity from our executive leadership to our foster families. The exemplary resources we provide include affirming parenting mentors, supplemental trainings for parents and staff, and gender-affirming medical support.
Our organization works together with caregivers to nurture displaced children and help heal families with the goal of reunification – while offering support and resources along the way. The need for individuals or families willing to welcome a child into the home is great, especially for older children. We are searching for caring and open-minded individuals – including all diversity of age, race, creed, gender identity/gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, or educational level – to support families in need.
CHILDREN’S HOME SOCIETY OF MINNESOTA
Children’s Home is one of the only adoptee-led agencies in the country. We are a licensed, accredited, non-profit organization offering Domestic and International Adoption, Foster Care, Expectant Parent, Home Study and Post Adoption Services. Since 1889, we’ve helped over 25,000 children find permanent, loving families! We are licensed in Maryland, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Virginia. We can work with families throughout the U.S. for international adoption, our domestic programs are available in limited states. Children’s Home partners with Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota. Together we proudly serve all families and youth, and have been recognized for innovative inclusion by All Children – All Families, a project of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.
Take the first step, join one of our free information meetings or complete our free Application Part 1 at chlss.org/getstarted.
CHILDREN’S HOME SOCIETY OF VIRGINIA
Children’s Home Society of Virginia is a full-service, private, nonprofit 501(c)(3), non-sectarian licensed child-placing agency. Established in 1900, CHS has been guided by the fundamental belief that every child deserves a home. CHS welcomes, values and serves multicultural and multiracial individuals and families, LGBTQ individuals and families, single parents, married and unmarried couples, and families with children that can provide a loving and caring home environment.
Our program, My Path Forward, provides housing, life skills training, counseling and case management for youth who have aged out of the foster care system in Virginia at 18 years of age. Developed in collaboration with our partner The Better Housing Coalition, this program delivers on our goal of offering a continuum of services to provide permanence for all of Virginia’s at-risk youth.
In addition, CHS offers family support groups, activities for adoptive families and children, and heritage and search services for adult adoptees. CHS is also proud to be one of only three Virginia recruiters for Wendy’s Wonderful Kids®, a signature program of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption® – a national, nonprofit public charity dedicated exclusively to finding permanent homes for the more than 150,000 children waiting in North America’s foster care systems.
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 Paulena Newhard, CONCERN’s Supervisor 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.
THE HEART MATTERS FOSTER FAMILY AGENCY
The Heart Matters Foster Family Agency is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the physical, emotional, and mental health needs of children by providing quality foster care. We care for both boys and girls, between the ages of 0 – 21 years old, within the San Bernardino and Riverside Counties of California. Youth in our care have been removed from their homes because they are innocent victims of abuse and neglect. These children need all the support possible from those willing to make a difference in their lives.
We also offer multiple programs to assist every child in our care. Our Intensive Services Foster Care Program and our Specialized Care Program allow us to effectively care for youth who need additional mental and medical health services. We also implemented our Emergency Clothing Closet, C.A.R.E. (Creating Avenues & Raising Expectations) Program, and Therapeutic Recreation Programs to provide necessities to youth who are placed with nothing, help potential and current foster parents who require additional assistance in obtaining and maintaining certification, and assist families and children in creating stronger bonds to promote the health and growth of a child in placement.
For additional information on becoming a foster parent, contact us at 909-906-1023.
HEPHZIBAH CHILDREN’S ASSOCIATION
Founded in 1897, Hephzibah Children's Association is a child welfare agency in Oak Park, IL offering a residential group home, foster care, intact family services and day care programs.
On any given day in Illinois, there are more than 18,000 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 email@example.com or call 708-649-7184.
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 a NAFI Recruiter at 845-743-4486 for more information.
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.
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.
ST. DOMINIC’S FAMILY SERVICES FOSTER BOARDING HOME
Saint Dominic's Family Services is a licensed, accredited, non-profit organization providing an array of services to children and families in New York State. SDFS’ Family Foster Care program is located in the Bronx; however, we work with families throughout New York City.
SDFS strongly believes that every child should have a safe, loving, nurturing, and permanent home. SDFS recruits, trains, and certifies foster homes to provide care for children who have been abused, neglected, or maltreated. The goal of foster care is to work towards reunification with birth families. Sometimes children cannot be reunified with their parents. In such cases, adoption is an option that provides a child with a permanent home.
Children who enter foster care range in age from birth to young adults. Homes are urgently needed for LGBTQIA+ youth, teens, and large sibling groups. Children entering foster care have experienced trauma and as a result may have emotional, behavioral and/or medical needs. At SDFS, we recognize the need for ongoing support by offering free trainings and linkages to community supports for our foster/adoptive parents.
If you have a big heart to care for children, please visit our website at WWW.SDFS.ORG or call us at (917) 645-9157.
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.
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.
VISHNICK MCGOVERN MILIZIO LLP
Comprehensive Legal Service Tailored to All Your Personal and Business Needs
For over 50 years, Vishnick McGovern Milizio LLP has been providing dedicated and compassionate legal support for all people.
One of the first law firms in the U.S. to establish an LGBTQ Representation practice, we continue to advocate tirelessly on behalf of our clients.
The legal landscape of LGBTQ rights is constantly changing. Our seasoned attorneys are at the forefront of both the state and federal levels, with a strong track record in small personal matters as well as landmark cases.
Whichever your case, we provide dedicated, passionate, and resourceful representation strategically tailored to all your personal and business needs.
• Workplace discrimination and harassment
• Spousal and domestic partner rights
• Prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements
• Separation, divorce, and custody
• Surrogacy, adoption, and assisted reproduction
• Estate planning
• Estate distribution and inheritance
• Customized trusts and probate alternatives
• Healthcare proxies, living wills, and powers of attorney
• Fiduciary appointments
• Elder law
• Name changes and gender marker changes
• Real estate transactions and litigation
• Co-owner agreements
• Pro bono legal training for organizations and groups
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.
ZAMANI & ASSOCIATES, PLLC
Sogand Zamani is the founding principal of the firm. She is a strong and persistent advocate of her client’s interests in all aspects of family and domestic relations law, which includes: adoption, assisted reproductive technology (ART), child custody, divorce, division of businesses and complex assets, Hague abduction matters, relocation, child support, spousal support, domestic violence protection orders, premarital or cohabitation agreements, and parenting agreements. In her family formation practice, she partners with adoptive parents and birth parents in independent, agency, foster parent, second-parent, and stepparent adoptions, break the seal petitions, and guides intended parents engaging in ART, such as gestational carrier (surrogacy) arrangements and donor egg and/or embryo arrangements to create or expand their family.