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Become a Dad Through Adoption

What is Adoption?

Adoption is the social, emotional, and legal process during which a birth mother and/or father relinquishes their parental rights — allowing an adoptive parent, or parents, to become the legal guardian(s) of an infant, child, or sibling group.  There are three main paths to adopt in the United States: domestic infant adoption, foster-adopt, and international adoption. 

Overview of Adoption Process  |  Learning Center  |  Partners to Fatherhood  |  Family Stories

Overview of the Adoption Process for Queer Men

Just getting started? Follow this nine-chapter curriculum for a complete overview of the adoption process tailored specifically for gay, bi and trans men.  Feel free to check out only those chapters of interest, or skip below to search a specific topic in the Adoption Learning Center. 

Adoption Learning Center

Get in-depth information on a specific adoption topic. Learn from the experts as well as from queer men who have already traveled this path to create forever families of their own.



Adoption "Partners to Fatherhood"

There are many adoption and foster care agencies, but not all are LGBTQ-friendly, let alone LGBTQ-competent. Choosing the right agency to partner with is among the most important of all the decisions you’ll make throughout your entire journey. We know this process can be quite stressful, complicated and time-consuming. That’s why we’re proud to offer our Partners to Fatherhood program, where we’ve done all the vetting for you! We feature only the best of the best organizations – those that enjoy long and proven track records passionately supporting LGBTQ+ family building. We encourage you to click on the links below to learn more about these organizations. 

Adoption / Foster Agencies

Most adoption and foster agencies only service their local state or province. If you are interested in pursuing adoption or foster care and you are not covered by any of these agencies, our partnership with Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption (DTFA) will connect you with a vetted agency in your local area by completing this brief form.

Adoption Consulting Agencies

Each of our partnered adoption consulting agencies has years of experience dealing with the adoption process with gay families and are extremely LGBTQ+ friendly.

Meet some GWK families created through adoption

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