Pennsylvania readers know that the U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of same-sex marriage in 2015. However, LGBT couples still face significant family law hurdles in several states.
For example, South Dakota passed a law in March 2017 that allows adoption agencies to exclude LGBT people from their pools of prospective parents for religious or moral reasons. Meanwhile, lawmakers in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee have introduced bills that would limit adoption by same-sex couples in their states. The bill in Alabama would permit state-funded child placement agencies to ban LGBT parents on religious grounds, and the Georgia bill would let adoption agencies protect their mission goals by discriminating against potential LGBT parents.
Statistics from the Department of Health and Human Services show that there are over 400,000 children awaiting adoption in the U.S. According to adoption advocates, discriminating against prospective LGBT parents harms children by denying them loving homes and forcing them to stay in the foster care system.
The adoption process can be complex and confusing, especially for non-traditional families. LGBT individuals and couples interested in adopting a child from the Pennsylvania foster care system may find it helpful to work with an attorney familiar with both family law and LGBT issues. An attorney could help prospective parents navigate the adoption process and ensure they meet the state’s adoption qualifications every step of the way. Legal counsel could also be helpful when someone wants to adopt the biological child of their same-sex partner. Prospective parents could learn more about the adoption process by meeting with an attorney.
Source: Huffington Post, “Numerous Anti-LGBT Adoption Laws Are Popping Up Across The Country“, Eric Rosswood, March 28, 2017