lgbt adoption is the adoption of children by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people. This may be in the form of a joint adoption by a same-sex couple, adoption by one partner of a same-sex couple of the others biological child (step-child adoption), or adoption by a single lgbt person. Its often the case that gay and lesbian couples decide to bring a child into their lives through conception and birth. Many gay and lesbian families adopt children domestically as well as through intercountry adoption. In this section, you will find information and resources regarding adoption by lgbtq (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning) families. More on lesbian and gay adoptions new article in american journal of orthopsychiatry. At american adoptions, our program, costs and wait times are the same for gay and lesbian parents as for heterosexual couples. Adoption is a great way for same-sex couples to grow their families, but there are some advantages and challenges of adoption to take into consideration before beginning the process. While the acceptance of a gay or lesbian life style has grown to be more positive in western societies and the number of gay or lesbian individual is estimated to be approximately 10 of the population of the u. Some child adoption agencies will still not approve or work with a gay or lesbian person or. On april 6, 1999, the american civil liberties union produced an overview of lesbian and gay parenting, adoption and foster care. Almost 40 of all agencies and 83 of public agencies reported making at least one adoption placement with a lesbian or gay man. However, one-third of agencies would reject a gay or lesbian applicant, either because of the religious beliefs guiding the agency, a state law prohibiting placement with lgbt parents, or a policy of placing children only with married couples. Here are some additional statistics supporting gay adoption in the united states researchers estimate the total number of children nationwide living with at least one gay parent ranges from 6 to 14 million. 3 an estimated two million lgbt people are interested in adopting. 4 gay and lesbian parents are raising four percent of all adopted children in the united states. In a standout lgbt adoption fact, california alone had more than 16,000 adopted children living with gay and lesbian parents. Lgbt parents are instrumental to finding homes for foster children.