Welcome the newest members of the LifeLong family! Alvina and Jahi are overjoyed to be a family of three with the addition of handsome little Micah. His smiles fill their hearts with love and joy. Micah's birthmother wanted the very best for her son, and Alvina and Jahi will spend their lives providing that for him.
LGBT Adoption | Gay & Lesbian Adoption | Infant Adoption
LGBTQ couples and individuals interested in pursuing an international adoption should inquire with their placement agency about specific country restrictions pertaining to LGBTQ adoption, as international guidelines vary greatly. Adoptions Together welcomes to opportunity to complete international home studies for LGBTQ couples and individuals if you meet intercountry eligibility requirements. The laws vary. Currently, as of , adoption laws of DC, Maryland and Virginia are as follows:. AT shares profiles of perspective families in the order that they have been waiting, however, ultimately the choice and selection of adoptive parents is left to the birthparents or birthmother of the child. In the event that the birthparents choose to not participate in the selection process, our agency will place the child based on a number of factors that include the length of time adoptive parents have been waiting and the quality of the match.
Adoption Options Overview
By Rachel Stewart Johnson. This fall, Michael George and Chad Lord mark a milestone: the fifth anniversary of their quest to adopt a newborn. After varied efforts and thousands of dollars, the married couple from Washington, D. Two spaces in their home sit unused: One is a nursery, fully furnished. The other is "Grandma's apartment," a basement unit the couple built for George's mother, who intends to move in when a baby arrives.
Joint adoption by same-sex couples is legal in twenty-seven countries as well as several subnational jurisdictions and dependent territories. Furthermore, some form of step-child adoption is legal for same-sex couples in five countries. Given that constitutions and statutes usually do not address the adoption rights of LGBT persons, judicial decisions often determine whether they can serve as parents either individually or as couples. However, scientific research consistently shows that gay and lesbian parents are as fit and capable as heterosexual parents, and their children are as psychologically healthy and well-adjusted as those reared by heterosexual parents. The existing body of research on outcomes for children with LGBT parents includes limited studies that consider the specific case of adoption.