Last updated: June 2013


Adoption by LGBT Persons


Like all U.S. citizens considering intercountry adoption, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons, and same-sex couples must comply with the laws and regulations governing adoption and immigration in the child's country of origin and in the United States.

U.S. federal law does not prohibit LGBT U.S. citizens or same-sex couples from being adoptive parents. However, some foreign countries do not permit LGBT individuals or same-sex couples to adopt. This is also true of some U.S. states. When deciding to pursue intercountry adoption, do your research about whether your state and the country you are interested in adopting from permit adoption by LGBT persons or couples. In addition, learn which countries permit LGBT adoption, and which countries do not.

The Department of State includes adoption eligibility requirements in the Country Information section of our website when that information is available. We also recommend viewing the section on U.S. state laws maintained by the Child Welfare Information Gateway website.

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