LGBTQ Adoption Success Story
As a birth mother considering adoption, it is important to understand the value of choosing an adoptive family, as well as the options available to you. Our social workers will work with you throughout your adoption process, but you will be in charge of making all of the decisions. While there are many factors to consider, we will be focusing on choosing an LGBTQ family and how that can become your adoption success story.
What does LGBTQ mean?
The term LGBTQ stands for “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer.” In terms of adoptive families, it simply means that the parents fall into any one of these categories. There have been many studies that indicate the benefits of choosing an LGBTQ family, from increased awareness and sensitivity in their children to greater understanding from the parents themselves. In the following dialogue, we will go over a few of the steps involved in choosing a family, and how to make certain that your LGBTQ adoption becomes a success story.
The most important part when choosing a family is to find the best parents for your child. When you are first discussing potential families with your social worker, don’t hesitate to ask any questions. Let them know that you are considering an LGBTQ family. You can then discuss what that can mean for your child and bring up any of the benefits previously mentioned.
Meeting with the Family
Nothing will help you make the final decision as easily as meeting with and personally getting to know the adoptive parents themselves. You can bring up any specific questions that you have and ensure that they will meet all of your child’s needs. They will be able to give insight into their personal experience, as well as paint a picture of what an LGBTQ adoption really means for them.
Bring up any personal beliefs that you have and make sure that they are addressed; everyone involved has your child’s best interests in mind and will work with you to ensure their needs are met. Making the final decision is never easy, but truly knowing your child’s adoptive parents will make it that much easier. It is important to ask anything that comes to mind and to make certain that you are completely comfortable before moving forward.
Take some Time for Introspection
Recognize that your opinion is important and that how you personally feel makes a big difference. Be sure that you have covered everything you can think of, both with your social worker and your child’s adoptive family. Keep in mind that every idea is worth mentioning. Once you are certain that you are ready, we will work with you to make the transition as easy as possible for your child and their new family.
The amount of information you are given will depend upon the type of adoption you have chosen; but, regardless, you can be certain that your child is in a happy and safe environment. Know that even after the adoption, we are here to help. You can always reach out to our agency if you have any further questions or concerns.
As an expectant woman or birth parent, to learn more about adoption, contact Adoption Choices of Texas. You can call us at 888-307-3340, text us at 888-307-3340, or email us here. If you are hoping to adopt, please visit us here. We look forward to helping you through your adoption journey!
Meet the Author: Elijah Weiner is currently studying English and East Asian Studies at Denison University, and spends the majority of his free time reading a good science fiction book. His interest has always been in fiction, so whether he is reading or writing it is always based upon the imaginary world.
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