Is Adoption Choices of Colorado LGBTQ+ Inclusive in Their Adoption Process?

By Ryann Smith

If you are a birth mother considering giving up a baby for adoption, you might have questions. It’s important to know that one of your adoption options as a birth mother is considering LGBTQ+ parents. Having questions regarding what placement with an LGBTQ+ family might look like is completely normal. Just is any question you may have with an unplanned pregnancy

Here at Adoption Choices of Colorado, we work with many LGBTQ + couples and individuals looking to grow their families. In fact, our staff is dedicated to providing equal assistance to anyone regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexual-orientation or religion. Families are individually evaluated based on ability to care for children, ensuring that we form safe and happy homes.

LGBTQ+ Adoption in Colorado

When giving up a baby for adoption, you will want your child to end up in the most loving and happiest home possible. Our goal is to provide expecting mothers with all the information possible to make an informed decision. We are here to answer any question you might have when considering an LGBTQ+ home. 

Regarding adoption in Colorado, all parents looking to adopt must finish 16 hours of in-person training. D Same-sex couples are seven times more likely to be raising adopted children than their different-sex peers. We at Adoption Choices of Colorado provide this training for our potential parents, regardless of gender and sexual orientation. With guest speaking from birth mothers, adoptive parents and an adult adoptee, everyone learns a new perspective about the adoption process in Colorado.  

Benefits of Adoption with LGBTQ+ Families 

Colorado is one of the best states to raise a family for members of the LGBTQ+ community. This is mostly due to the state’s many laws protecting the rights of LGBTQ+ people. In fact Colorado legalized gay marriage one year prior to the U.S. Supreme Court decision which legalized gay marriage federally. The recognition of gay marriage in Colorado meant that all Colorado adoption laws automatically applied to same-sex couples. 

Choosing LGBTQ+ parents provides a unique and diverse perspective to a child’s life. Many LGBTQ+ families find support within their own community through local and national support groups. 

Common LGBTQ+ Adoption Concerns 

Bullying is a large concern for many regarding LGBTQ+ families and it is important to acknowledge that this is a possibility. However, it is important to remember that any child, regardless of parentage, can become a victim of bullying. Most bullying that takes place in schools is a result of the bully having learned these behaviors from their own parents. LGBTQ+ parents are aware of these concerns and can provide children with support, most from their own first-hand experiences. 

Another concern many have, is that children need both a male and female parent in order to thrive. Culturally, the idea of what a family is supposed to look like has changed drastically over the past century. Today, most families don’t fit into the idea of the “nuclear family”. 

The New York University Department of Sociology compiles several research studies comparing children of same-sex parents to children of different-sex parents. Data found children raised in same-sex two parent homes performed similarly to peers with two different-sex parents. This data covered many skills important for child development, like behavior, education, emotions and social awareness.

When considering who best to raise your child, know that LGBTQ+ parents are just as loving toward their children as straight parents. 

LGBTQ+ Inclusivity at Adoption Choices of Colorado

Here at Adoption Choices of Colorado, we are determined to find every child their perfect match. Love comes in many different shapes and forms. We stand by the saying that Love is Love. Adoption Choices of Colorado fully heartedly supports the members of the LGBTQ+ community just as we support every birth mother. 

If you need more information, please contact Adoption Choices of Colorado. Contact information is on our website.

References:

  • https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1741-3737.2009.00678.x?deniedAccessCustomisedMessage=userIsAuthenticated%3Dfalse

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