ADOPTION & FOSTER CARE RESOURCES
The following are descriptions of gay-friendly adoption & foster care agencies and businesses that can assist you in building or nuturing your family.
Across The World Adoptions
We, at Across The World Adoptions (ATWA) believe that a child, for the full and harmonious development of her or his personality should grow up in a family environment, in an atmosphere of happiness, love and understanding. ATWA is a non-profit, California state licensed and Hague accredited international adoption agency. For 21 years we have been serving families in any state and providing home study services in California. We are now able to offer our international program in Brazil to LGBT families. Most of the children are 10-15 years of age, part of a sibling group or have a special need.
To learn more, please visit our website at www.atwakids.org, email us at Adopt@atwakids.org or call Lesley at 925-356-6260.
Adopted With Love
Adopted With Love is an online adoption gift boutique, offering high quality bracelets, ornaments, picture frames, charms, blankets, journals and other gifts lovingly designed by adoptive parents to celebrate adoption.
Adopted With Love originated from our personal experience of becoming parents through adoption: a rollercoaster ride with ups and downs, tears and laughter, uncertainty and hope, despair and blessings. When our child came home, friends and family organized a party and although wonderful, many people commented how they wanted to celebrate adoption, but found it difficult to find adoption-related items. Plenty of newborn and baby gifts, and some books on how to explain adoption to children, but in a time when adoption has become more acceptable and open, still very little to actually celebrate families created through adoption.
So thinking of everything important and meaningful about lives coming together through adoption, we tried to capture each idea in a thoughtful item: blankets to give children comfort on their travels home, bracelets celebrating adoption and forever families, journals to chronicle adoption journeys, ornaments celebrating country of origin, and gift bags and party accessories to make a shower adoption-specific.
To browse our Adopted With Love boutique, please visit www.adoptedwithlove.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.
To learn more about the services offered by The Barker Foundation, please visit our website at www.barkerfoundation.org or give us a call at 301-664-9664.
Connecticut Adoption Services
Connecticut Adoption Services (CAS) has been serving the residents of Connecticut for the past 27 years. CAS’s twelve highly experienced staff members help adoptive families complete the entire adoption process. CAS offers a wide range of services, including home studies for private domestic infant adoption, state foster care adoption, identified adoption, and co/step parent adoption. We also counsel expectant parents who are considering adoption placement. CAS belongs to a network of adoption agencies that place children in Connecticut and all throughout the U.S. We provide post-placement supervision and finalize adoptions. When clients enter our program, we welcome them into our “adoption community”, which includes our support groups and family events.
CAS was originally established by a group of individuals concerned with the increasing number of state foster children waiting for adoptive parents. CAS currently works to increase the number of successful adoptions within Connecticut, including (but not limited to) the adoption of infants and children who have special placement needs. In April 2013, CAS joined with Waterford Country School (WCS), a multi-program community service agency in Southeastern Connecticut. With WCS as our parent company, our clients now have access to a wider range of services including trainings, support groups, and a mental health clinic for children and families. Over the past 27 years, our services have expanded, as well as our staff, but we remain committed to providing very personalized, caring, professional services to all of our clients.
The Connecticut Department of Children and Families
The Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF) is the state child welfare agency focused on strengthening families and achieving safety, well-being and permanency for Connecticut's children. DCF wants to let families know there are children who need families to call their own for a lifetime. Adopting through DCF is a wonderful way to build your family and create a lifelong relationship with a child. DCF is always seeking adoptive families to parent children from all backgrounds and of every age. We are especially in need of families who can care for sibling groups, teenagers and children with medically complex needs. Learn more about the children for whom DCF is seeking families by logging on to our website at www.ctfosteradopt.com.
For more information about DCF please visit the Department’s website at www.ct.gov/dcf.
Forever Families Through Adoption
Forever Families Through Adoption is a NY and CT-authorized, not-for-profit, adoption placement agency whose goal is to find a home for every child that is eligible for permanent adoption. Joy Goldstein is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who counsels birth and adoptive parents and frequently lectures on adoption topics. Michael is an attorney and social worker who assists clients with adoptions both domestically and internationally.
After more than 25 years and over 2,500 successful placements, the Goldstein’s founded F.F.T.A. in 2007 to provide the counseling, guidance, education, confidence and comfort to make the sometimes complex adoption process, a wonderful, rewarding and successful experience.
While most of F.F.T.A.’s babies are healthy, Caucasian infants, the founders of F.F.T.A. are well known within the adoption community for having a particular fondness for – and expertise in – hard to place children, including those who have been drug or alcohol-exposed, are black or bi-racial, are the result of rape or incest, or are the offspring of incarcerated mothers. They also take great pride in representing many single and same sex clients, and treat all persons with the respect and compassion they deserve regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, nationality or disability.
Hands Across The Water
Hands Across The Water is a licensed, non-profit, child placing agency. We have been providing adoption and foster care services and support since 1999. Hands Across The Water is dedicated to building and supporting families; committed to the belief that every child deserves a home and loving family.
We provide the following services:
• Foster Care/Foster To Adopt program
• Waiting Child Domestic Adoption program
• Domestic Infant Adoption program
• Pregnancy Options Counselling
• International Adoption programs
• Adoption Exploration services for Prospective Adoptive Parents
• Adoption Home Study services
• Adoptive Parenting Classes and Support Groups
• Pre-Teen and Teen Support Groups
• Behavioural Health services
Hands Across The Water has been, and continues to be, a LGBT welcoming agency. We employ LGBT competent staff and provide support and services specific to the gay and lesbian community.
The Institute of Professional Practice’s (IPPI)
For over 25 years The Institute of Professional Practice’s (IPPI) Foster Care Program has treated each child as an individual. We focus treatment planning and support services around his or her unique needs. All youth have an individualized plan of service that is developed by a multi-disciplinary team. By tailoring the level of care and services required to meet each child’s needs, IPPI has been successful in providing stability and permanency to Connecticut’s most at-risk youth. We work with a diverse group of young people from varying backgrounds, but all of them have their own unique strengths and talents! We work with youth who have experienced emotional trauma and have some behavioral challenges, due to no fault of their own. We pride ourselves on permanency and lifelong commitment for our Connecticut youth in need. Please help out by either inquiring, becoming a Foster or Adoptive Parent, or referring people to our agency.
If you would like to learn more about fostering or adoption, please contact our Home Finding Specialist, Lisa Daubenhauser at 203-317-2700 x123 or you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Klingberg Family Centers
All across Connecticut, hundreds of children are waiting to have a home to call their own. As a result of issues impacting their immediate family, they are temporarily living in shelters, safe homes, group homes and other residential settings. Any time that a child must be separated from their family, it is normal to experience anxiety, confusion, and even anger. In addition, the rejection and trauma they have suffered may affect their ability to develop trust and significant bonds with others. As a result, they will benefit most from what is known as Therapeutic Foster Care.
TFC is designed to provide a strong foundation of training and support to single and two-parent families who are willing to open their home to a child or adolescent who has experienced trauma. Klingberg is committed to addressing the specific needs of your family to help ensure a successful placement. We also offer ongoing educational opportunities on parenting skills and fostering a child, as well as social gatherings to network with other foster and adoptive families. Our staff can help you make the best decision for you and your family. To learn more, please contact our foster care office at (860) 832-5536.
McKinley Children’s Center
Foster Family and Adoption Agency
McKinley Children’s Center Foster Family and Adoption agency strives to promote a healthy long term plan for success. We currently serve approximately 250 children and youth each month throughout Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino and Orange counties. Our agency serves children from newborn to approximately 21 year of age. This past year, our largest population has been providing care to infants, 0-2 years of age.
Our resource families are provided support 24 hours a day. They are trained by our own Pride Certified staff to provide the best possible therapeutic care. Our families are compassionate, selfless, and nurturing while being fully committed to the needs of our children and youth.
We have three agency offices, each staffed with a full team of at least 6 social workers in the cities of San Dimas, Riverside and Palmdale. We currently serve 140 families that are dually licensed for both Foster Care and Adoption. Last year we were able to connect 21 children to their forever family through the foster to adoption process. We also routinely connect youth with their loved ones by reunification and provide pathways to independent living by assisting with support, resources and access to scholarships for higher education.
Meryl B. Rosenberg, Esq.
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 a complete surrogacy program — from “the match” through the birth of your baby — 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.
COMPREHENSIVE SURROGACY PROGRAM: We'll guide you from start to finish: find the right gestational surrogate, manage expenses, and coordinate the entire process through the birth. Ultimately, we will ensure that you are recognized as the child's sole legal parent(s).
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.
MLJ Adoptions is a non-profit adoption service provider licensed in the state of Indiana. We provide attentive and compassionate home study services to residents of Indiana. These services include home study, post adoption and education services. We are happy to serve couples and single individuals regardless of race, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and marital status.
To learn more about our services, please visit our website at www.mljadoptions.com or call us at (317)875-0058.
Murdoch Hughes & Twarog, Attorneys at Law, PC
131 Main Street – P.O. Box 363
Burlington, Vermont 05402-0363
Kurt Hughes and Michelle Tarnelli concentrate in assisted reproductive technology (ART) and adoption law, including gestational surrogacy contracts, gamete donor contracts, interstate and step-parent adoptions, and contested termination of parental rights litigation in probate courts throughout Vermont.
Kurt Hughes was one of the first Vermont attorneys to become a fellow of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys (AAAA) and is the only Vermont attorney in the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys (AAARTA). Michelle Tarnelli has been practicing in this area since working with the firm during a semester in practice in her final year of Vermont Law School, where she was an editor of the Vermont Law Review. She was hired as an associate with the firm immediately upon graduation, and concentrates in the areas of family, ART and adoption law.
Kurt and Michelle are dedicated to providing ethical and supportive legal assistance to clients as they build their families through ART and adoption.
National Center for Children and Families (NCCF)
It is the mission of the National Center for Children and Families (NCCF) to create total, healthy living environments for vulnerable children, youth and families, and the quality of life which empowers their ability to thrive and demonstrate responsibility.
We seek to carry out this mission by utilizing a four-pronged approach to our work in the Washington metropolitan area: community supports, education and training, volunteerism, and social advocacy.
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.
St. Mary’s Services
St. Mary’s Services is a non-profit maternity counseling and adoption agency located in Arlington Heights. For over 129 years, we have served under the guiding principle that every child deserves a good home. The staff at St. Mary’s Services implements our mission by providing compassionate counseling, support, and educational services to women and teens experiencing unplanned pregnancies in a nonjudgmental manner. We empower them to make the best decision for themselves and their child. As an agency supporting adoption as a loving choice, we counsel and educate the individuals and couples wishing to expand their families. We pride ourselves on being one of the few adoption agencies in the Chicago-land area that embraces adoptive families to include traditional, same-sex, and singles as parents.
You can learn more about our agency, programs, community events, and the educational workshops that we offer by visiting our website at www.stmaryservices.com.
The Village Family Services
The Village Family Services provides essential social care and behavioral health services to children, youth and families in order for them to lead safe, healthy and productive lives. We are here to help heal the children, youth and families who are afflicted by violence, abuse and addiction, and to break the generational chains that perpetuate those behaviors. We endeavor to strengthen our communities to make them safe, happy places for people to thrive. The Village Family Services strives to achieve these goals via our staff that consistently meets each clients needs with care and dignity ensuring all services are delivered with our “Client First” philosophy. We integrate our multicultural staff with our client needs to reflect the understanding of diversity, people, identities, and communities here in Southern California.
We believe that every child deserves a safe, loving, supportive environment. We welcome all worthy parents regardless of income, age, race, gender, marital status, ethnic background, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or religious affiliation.
Come visit our website at The Village Family Services to learn more about us.