LGBTQ+ Adoption FAQ with Adoption Choices of Oklahoma
If you are currently navigating the adoption process as a pregnant woman in Oklahoma, you are probably facing a lot of important decisions. One of the most difficult decisions for any birth mother is choosing an adoptive family to raise your child. While you are making your adoption plan, it is good to consider what kind of family you want your child to have. While many birth mothers choose to give their child a more traditional family with a mother and father, there are many reasons you may want your child to be raised in an LGBTQ+ family. Some of these reasons may include wanting your child to be taught inclusive values, or wanting to give a loving LGBTQ+ couple their own bundle of joy.
Whatever reasons you have, choosing an LGBTQ+ adoptive family for your child can be a great choice. At Adoption Choices of Oklahoma, we understand that choosing an adoptive family can often be a very difficult decision, but we are here to support you throughout your adoption journey. Our adoption counselors and caseworkers will work with you to answer any questions you may have about LGBTQ+ adoption.
- Does My Child Need a Mother and a Father in an Oklahoma Adoption?
As a birth mother in Oklahoma, you may have some concerns about placing your child with an LGBTQ+ family. You may be wondering if your child needs both a mother and father in their life, or whether being raised in an LGBTQ+ family will have any long lasting effects. The good news is that there is no need to worry. An LGBTQ+ family is just as able as any other family to care and provide for your child.
If you are considering an LGBTQ+ adoptive family for your child, you should remember that families come in all shapes and sizes. A family can include everyone from parents, siblings, and extended family members to even friends, classmates, and teachers. An adoptive family is not one-size-fits-all or even most, as it is unique in each adoption arrangement. Depending on whether your child’s adoption is open or closed, you may even be able to include yourself as the birth mother in your child’s family circle. The most important thing is that your child is supported and loved, whether they are in an LGBT+ family or not.
- Will an LBGTQ+ Adoptive Family in Oklahoma Provide a Stable Home for My Child?
At Adoption Choices of Oklahoma, we understand that you may have some questions about choosing an LGBTQ+ adoptive family for your child. However, LGBTQ+ adoptive families are just like any other, and they are just as likely as any other family to be able to provide a stable home for your child. In fact, LGBTQ+ families are at least four times more likely to adopt a child.
In working with our adoption agency, it is also important to remember that every prospective adoptive family will be fully pre-screened and approved to care for your child, whether they are LGBTQ+ or not. This means that there will be no difference in the ability of a prospective traditional or LGBTQ+ adoptive family to provide a loving and stable home. In fact, LGBTQ+ families pursuing adoption in Oklahoma are generally more educated and financially stable than their non-LGBTQ+ counterparts, and they are more likely to raise adoptees to be tolerant and empathetic adults.
- Is LGBTQ+ Adoption More Difficult in Oklahoma?
While many people think that the adoption process is more lengthy and difficult with an LGBTQ+ adoptive family, adoption is no more difficult for LGBTQ+ adoptive parents than any other. The adoption process can be slow moving under any circumstance, whether you have chosen an LGBTQ+ adoptive family or a more traditional one. This is because every adoption plan is unique and handmade for you and your child.
At Adoption Choices of Oklahoma, we work hard to make sure that all of our prospective adoptive families are pre-screened and approved prior to your child’s placement, whether they are LGBTQ or not. This means that the OKC adoption process can sometimes be a lengthy process, no matter the adoptive family involved. That being said, you will not face any other difficulty in placing your child with an LGBTQ+ adoptive family. Under Oklahoma law, an LGBTQ+ couple or individual is legally allowed to adopt, either jointly as a married couple or as a single parent.
Will You Choose LGBTQ+ Adoption For Your Child?
As a birth mother in Oklahoma, we understand that the adoption process can be very difficult and confusing. However, at Adoption Choices of Oklahoma we are dedicated to helping you along every step of your adoption journey, including deciding on an adoptive family for your child. While LGBTQ+ adoption can be a great choice, we are here to help you create an adoption plan that works for you and your child, whether you choose an LGBTQ+ family or not.
Adoption Choices of Oklahoma is a private adoption agency, licensed by the state of Oklahoma and leader in the adoption community. We have been assisting birth parents, children, and adoptive families in Oklahoma for over 19 years. Our staff members are committed to providing an ethical, empowering, and personalized adoption experience to all involved in the adoption process. If you are currently in the process of adopting a baby and have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us.
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