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

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. It is possible to adopt a single child over age 8 years or younger children in a sibling group or who have a special need. You can also adopt a relative. 

To learn more, please visit our website at, email us at 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

Adoption Choice of Arizona

Adoption Choice of Kansas

Adoption Choice of Texas

We are licensed, professional, full-service adoption agencies providing adoption assistance to adoptive parents and expectant parents across the U.S. We understand that every family and every adoption plan is unique. We have been proudly serving the LGTB community from the start. Our agency is honored that you have chosen to gather more information on us and our services! Contact our agency that is closest to your home state at 512-201-4400 (Texas), 316-209-2071 (Kansas), or 480-900-5520 (Arizona). We look forward to being a part of your adoption journey!

Adoption STAR

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:

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 or give us a call at 301-664-9664.

The Children's Home Society of NJ

The Children’s Home Society of New Jersey

Contact Joe Rizziello or Valerie Fiorentino

Looking to build your family through Adoption? 

The Children’s Home Society of New Jersey has over 100 years of expertise in adoption in New Jersey and in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Since 1894, our licensed professionals have provided quality adoption services to both birth parents and adoptive families. Over the decades, CHS of NJ has found stable, loving adoptive families for thousands of children in need of a permanent family. We welcome adoptive families of all races, religions, ancestries, national origins, ages, sexual orientation, and genders as long as at their core is the ability to love, care for, and support a child. We offer a sliding scale placement fee to make adoption affordable and accessible to families. CHS of NJ will offer support and professional assistance from the application process through your adoption finalization. We believe that adoption is a lifelong process and our services are designed to support families for the long term.

We are currently accepting applications for adoptive families. If you are interested in adoption, please view our website: for answers to your frequently asked questions, to complete the on line request for more information, or to schedule an initial appointment to learn more about the program.

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

For more information about DCF please visit the Department’s website at

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.

Jewish Child & Family Services
Chicago, IL

Foster a child and rock his or her world! Our comprehensive specialized foster care program educates and supports foster parents. For more information about becoming a JCFS Foster Parent, visit:

Kathy Ann Brodsky

Kathy Ann Brodsky, LCSW


Kathy Ann Brodsky, LCSW is a New York and New Jersey licensed clinical social worker, adoptive mom and advocate for ethical adoption practice. Through her private practice and agency affiliations, she has prepared thousands of adoption homestudies, counseled expectant, birth, pre/post adoptive parents and adopted persons, and trained professionals to work with adoptive families. She advises you as you choose your adoption process and professional team as well as during the adoption process and is available in the years to come as questions arise.

She was Director of the Ametz Adoption Program of JCCA and a member of the Advisory Board for POV’s Adoption Series and is currently a member of the Adoption Advisory Board of Path2Parenthood and the Adoption Professional Advisory Council of HelpUSAdopt. She has presented at the LGBTQ Center in Manhattan and Adoptive Parents Committee monthly meetings and annual conference in Brooklyn. Her blogs and written contributions can be seen throughout the Internet, including her BLOG - TheAdoptionMaven and as Head Writer for She was named an “Angel in Adoption” by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption in 2001. You can reach her directly at 917-567-4935 or by EMAIL.

Klingberg Family Centers

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.

Law Office of Karen Persis, P.A.
1415 E. Robinson Street, Suite C
Orlando, FL 32801

Karen Persis is an attorney who focuses her practice on the areas of Adoption and Assisted Reproductive Technology Law, which is also referred to as reproductive law or surrogacy law. She has been licensed to practice in Florida since 2005, and handles cases throughout the state. She proudly represents the LGBT community, and can assist with matters relating to surrogacy agreements, egg donation agreements, sperm donation agreements, egg-sharing/embryo disposition agreements, step or second parent adoption, review of agency or fertility clinic agreements, and co-parenting agreements. Karen is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator, and can also serve as a mediator in disputes relating to Assisted Reproductive Technology or Family Law matters. Since 2010, Ms. Persis has been selected every year as a Florida Rising Star, which is a distinction awarded to no more than 2.5% of the lawyers under the age of 40 in Florida. She has also been named a Legal Elite Up and Comer in 2014 and 2017. Recently, she was named the Orange County Bar Association’s Lawrence G. Mathews, Jr. Young Lawyer Professionalism Award winner for 2017.

Lilliput Families

8391 Auburn Blvd
Citrus Heights, CA 95610
About Us   800-325-5359
Join Our Team  916-923-5444

Lilliput Families is a foster/adoption/kinship agency serving 22 counties in California. We prepare individuals to become a resource family (previously known as a foster family) that allows our children in foster care to find loving, lifelong families. We also specialize in kinship, which allows someone to foster and/or adopt a relative. Since opening our doors in 1980, we have helped over 9,000 children in foster care find a loving family to adopt them.

We are 100% family focused and believe that a child should be raised in a family and not an institution. When children are connected with a family, their hope is restored – as is their ability to dream and achieve. Come join us and help make the world a better place for children in foster care!

McKinley Children's Center

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.

Murdoch Hughes & Twarog, Attorneys at Law, PC
131 Main Street – P.O. Box 363
Burlington, Vermont 05402-0363
(802) 864-9811

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.


The National Center for Children Families
5140 Nannie Helen Burroughs Ave. N.E.
Washington, DC 20019

The National Center for Children 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 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,

Our Children's Homestead

Our Children's Homestead

Our Children’s Homestead (OCH) is a Foster Care and Adoption Agency serving Northern Illinois. OCH believes that all youth, despite their troubled past and special needs, deserves a loving family. OCH is contracted through the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services to provide placement and services to the youth and families in our care.

Our licensed foster parents are dedicated to providing safe and stable homes and assist children in maintaining positive relationships with their birth family. If a child in foster care becomes available for adoption, the foster family can provide a permanent home for him/her.
OCH also has an Interstate Adoption and matching program. The cost for this program can be found on our website. Our adoptive families are strong, patient and committed to providing a forever home for children.

OCH provides case management, educational support, counseling and mentoring services to the families we serve. We believe that foster/adoptive families should be respected and are an intregral part of our team.

Please contact us to learn more about becoming a licensed foster or adoptive parent. 

Help make a difference in the life of a child…OUR Child!

Rosin Steinhagen Mendel

Rosin Steinhagen Mendel is a law firm dedicated to serving our clients in New York City, the surrounding counties in southern New York State, and in New Jersey, in the areas of adoption, assisted reproductive technology, foster care litigation, and custody.

For over 35 years, our attorneys have represented adoptive parents, birth parents, foster parents, children, foster care agencies, adoption agencies, donors, and intended parents. We represent our clients in all types of proceedings that include adoption, termination of parental rights, permanency hearings, custody hearings, guardianship, and administrative proceedings.

Our goal for our lawyers is to provide each of our clients with the best possible representation in all aspects of their cases, and clients appreciate our careful analysis of individual cases, through our preparation and attention to detail.


Samaritas, one of the state’s largest faith-based nonprofits, has been sending ripples of positive change into Michigan communities since 1934. Samaritas serves people of all ages and backgrounds including providing resettlement services for New Americans, adoption and foster care, and at-home services, and residential communities for seniors and persons with disabilities, through assisted living, skilled nursing and memory care.  Affordable living residential communities also are available for independent seniors, families and persons with disabilities.
More than safe harbor in crisis, Samaritas comes through, when others don’t, with a path home. Samaritas connects all people based on their individual circumstances with the families and communities that will empower them to live their fullest life possible. Potential fulfilled, those served then promote the dignity of others, launching into the community an unending ripple effect of transformation.
For information, visit

Trinity Youth Services

Trinity Youth Services
Foster Family and Adoption Agency

Trinity Youth Services, nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation, has been helping children and families create a better future since 1966. Trinity provides foster care, adoption, residential and mental health services for children in Southern California and Houston, Texas. Resource families provide a safe, caring and nurturing environment for foster children until they can return to their family, are adopted or until another permanent situation is achieved. Trinity social workers are available to resource families 24/7 to provide support and tackle any concern.

The adoption program finds permanent homes for children, birth to 19 years old. There are no fees to applicants wishing to adopt a foster child and are eligible to receive monthly assistance and Medi-Cal benefits. If families choose to adopt children who cannot return to their natural families, they already have their documentation and home study on file so the adoption process is expedited and the family continues to work with the agency they have built a relationship with.

The foster-adopt program is open to families of any ethnicity, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, and can be single, married, couples or domestic partners.

Right now, a child is waiting for a loving home. Call 888-346-9645, email or submit your inquiry online:

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.

Youth Advocate Services - YAS

YAS provides both Traditional and Therapeutic Foster Care services in and around the central Ohio region, with over 75 Foster Homes in our network. As the oldest Therapeutic Foster Care program in Ohio, YAS has provided high-quality treatment foster care since 1978. Our team works collaboratively with other child serving agencies to develop and implement a strong community support system for families.

The Foster Home is the primary treatment setting for children that have experienced trauma within their family and communities. Foster Parents are trained and supported by YAS to provide the needed trauma-informed care as they implement the goals outlined in the child’s individualized treatment plan. Every home with a foster child placement has a Family Counselor assigned, who not only works to support and coach the Foster Parents but also, if needed, provides mental health counseling to the foster child.

Foster Parents are vital members of the child’s treatment team. The team is made up of the Foster Parent(s), a YAS Family Counselor, the child and his/her family, the county social worker and other community resource professionals (as needed) for the child. This collaborative and dynamic treatment process ensures that both foster children and Foster Parents have the support and resources they need.


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