LGBT Adoption Statistics

Here are some straightforward facts and statistics about adoption by same-sex couples. The post is updated as of 2024. I always keep this post up to date.

Percentage of Adoptive Parents

Same-sex couples are four times more likely to be raising adopted children compared to opposite-sex couples.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Children Being Raised by Same-Sex Couples:

Overall: Approximately 21% of same-sex couples are raising children.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Same-Sex Couples as Foster Parents

Same-sex couples are more likely to foster children. They account for a significant proportion of foster parents in the United States.

Source: The Williams Institute

Adoption Laws by State

Adoption laws vary by state, but as of 2020, all states allow same-sex couples to adopt.

Source: Human Rights Campaign

Demographic Information:

Same-sex adoptive parents are diverse, spanning all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups.

Source: Urban Institute

Psychological Impact on Children

Studies indicate that children adopted by same-sex couples fare as well as those adopted by opposite-sex couples in terms of psychological well-being and social functioning.

Source: American Psychological Association

International Adoption

Same-sex couples may face additional challenges when pursuing international adoption due to varying laws and attitudes in other countries.

Source: U.S. Department of State

Gideon Alper

About the Author

I’m an adoption attorney who helps clients throughout Florida with stepparent, relative, and adult adoptions. I graduated with honors from Emory University Law School and have practiced law for almost 15 years.

I focus on helping families where there is already a connection between the adoptee and the adoptive parent. Before private practice, I represented the federal government while working for the IRS Office of Chief Counsel.