November is National Adoption Month, and while it’s certainly not the only time we talk about adoption around here, it’s a good time to re-emphasize the many stories and resources by and for LGBT adoptive parents. I’ll be putting up extra adoption-related posts throughout the month. I hope you’ll stop by, whether you’re an adoptive parent, considering adoption, or simply want to show your support for one of the many ways we create our families. Let’s start at the beginning, with a lovely letter by a prospective mom to the child she and her partner hope to adopt.
In “This One’s for You,” Jemma of Two Mums? Two Kids? writes “One day I will show you this blog and you will know that before you knew us, or could even remember us; we were thinking of you.” Go read the rest; it’s heartfelt and touching.
Jessica is another lesbian mom waiting to adopt. In “Why We Chose Adoption,” she explains the thought processes she and her partner Carla went through in deciding to pursue that path to parenthood. It’s another good read, regardless of whether you come to the same conclusion.
For those of you considering adoption, you might want to begin with:
- “How Can I Find an LGBT-Friendly Adoption Agency?” by the HRC Family Project. Their All Children – All Families program also maintains a list of adoption agencies that have achieved “benchmarks of LGBT cultural competence and are fully welcoming of LGBT individuals and families.”
- “Frequently Asked Questions From LGBT Prospective Foster and Adoptive Parents” from the Child Welfare Information Gateway, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (developed in partnership with the HRC Family Project). (One more reason it’s good to have an LGBT-friendly administration . . . but I digress.)
Stay tuned for more adoption-related posts and resources throughout the month.