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PARENTING RESOURCES

Links on this page are grouped by category & Gay Men Becoming Parents, Parenting Resources for Gay Fathers, and Legal & Public Policy Advocacy for Gay Parenting.  But many of these websites contain resources relevant to more than one general category, so we encourage you to check out the first few links in each section for additional relevant information.

GAY MEN BECOMING PARENTS

Including Adoption, Surrogacy, International Adoption, Foster Care

Families Like Ours, Inc.
A non-profit organization that intends to provide adoptive and pre-adoptive gay, lesbian and other non-traditional adoptive families a centralized resource for information and support, primarily through its Adoption Family Center (http://www.adoptionfamilycenter.org/).

Pact, An Adoption Alliance
A non-profit organization whose primary mission is “to serve children of color in need of adoption or who are growing up in adoptive families.” Pact has set out to create the web’s most comprehensive site addressing issues for adopted children of color, including many useful resources on transracial adoption.

Adopt.org
General adoption information.

Resolve: The National Infertility Association
Providing thorough general information on adoption, this website is worth a look even though it was not expressly created with gay men in mind.

ParentsPlace.com
Parenting Message Boards

International Adoptions - U.S. State Department
An informative online brochure “providing both information and guidance to U.S. citizens seeking information about international adoptions.”

Single Parent Adoption
“Advocates and promotes the adoption of older and special needs children by single adoptive parents; provides assistance and information about the process of adoption to single adoptive and prospective adoptive parents.”

National Center for Resource Family Support
A source of information, technical assistance, written materials and referrals for resource families who care for children through foster care, adoption, and kinship care.

National Foster Parent Association
An organization that provides information for potential and current foster parents and works to improve the foster care system. Links to many articles, including “Foster Parent Adoption: What Parents Should Know.”

Bay Area Homes for Kids
Adoption and foster care referral service for Bay Area counties.

FosterParenting.com
This foster parenting site includes information, discussion boards, and an alphabetical listing of Foster Care Specialists by State.

Family Builders By Adoption
A popular and well-regarded Bay Area agency specializing in the placement of foster children. More than 50% of the adoptive parents they work with are gay or lesbian.

Foster Child Adoption
Information on adopting a foster child.

Growing Generations
“The first and only gay and lesbian owned surrogacy firm primarily serving the gay community worldwide.”

The American Surrogacy Center
Directories, Ads, Agencies

Surrogate Mothers Online
Virtual Meeting ground for the surrogate community.

Circle Surrogacy
A gay-owned surrogacy agency serving couples and singles in the US and around the world.

PARENTING RESOURCES FOR GAY FATHERS

Including Social Groups, Message Boards

Family Equality Council
A national organization whose mission is “to advance the well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered parents and their families through mutual support, community collaboration, and public understanding.”

Family Pride Coalition List of local parenting groups include:

    Our Family Coalition, The San Francisco Bay Area
    Gay & Lesbian Family Group. Includes many relevant links.
    Center Kids, The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender
    Community Center of New York City Family Program.
    Rainbow Families, Midwest Office
    Houston Gay and Lesbian Parents

Gaydads.info
Features the new book GAY DADS: A CELEBRATION OF GAY FATHERHOOD by David Strah as well as a list of adoption sites and resources for gay parents.

COLAGE (Children Of Lesbians And Gays Everywhere)
An international organization which works to support sons and daughters of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender parents as well as to fight the homophobia our families and communities face. Resources include:

    Books for Parents
    Resources for Children and Young Adults
    Camps for kids with gay parents

Two Lives Publishing
A publisher of children’s books for children in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered families maintains this website, listing books for parents and children and linking to other, web-based resources for LGBT parents and their children.

Tapestry Books - Adoption Book List and Catalog.
Hundreds of books for children and adults, organized by topic, and available for order online.

Gay Parent Magazine
Many links to resources.

The Straight Spouse Network
Formerly the Straight Spouse Support Network, SSN is “an international support network of heterosexual spouses and partners, current or former, of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender mates.” This site also references e-mail lists and other online resources that may be of interest to gay or bi men who became parents before coming out.

LEGAL & PUBLIC POLICY ADVOCACY FOR GAY PARENTING

FamilyNet
A project of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. An excellent site “for and about gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender families,” HRC’s FamilyNet includes sections on parenting options and the laws in your state.

EQCA.org
Equality California, and its sister organizations, Equality California Institute and Equality California PAC, share a common mission to ensure and promote dignity, safety and equality for all of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Californians. They are also a leading force in the fight for marriage and family rights in California.

Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund
    Adoption and Parenting
    Overview of relationship recognition, employment protections
    and parenting laws for each state

The ACLU’s LGBT Rights Project
    ACLU Fact Sheet: Overview of Lesbian and Gay Parenting, Adoption,
    and Foster Care (April 6, 1999)
    IN THE CHILD’S BEST INTERESTS:
    Defending Fair and Sensible Adoption Policies (April 1998)

National Center for Lesbian Rights
News and legal cases related to families and parenting.

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
NGLTF’s program to “engage our communities, legislative advocates, and organizers in the breaking issues and long term strategies critical to the development of a legal atmosphere that protects, recognizes, and supports GLBT families.”

Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays
(PFLAG)’s information on Parenting & Families.

American Psychological Association’s Report on Lesbian and Gay Parenting


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DISCLAIMER:

The creators of DADDY & PAPA do not particularly support, endorse, or recommend the services or activities of any commercial sites listed here. These links are included because we believe the organizations listed provide services, activities, or events that may be of interest to some LGBT parents. If you have comments, updates, complaints or suggestions, please email us at info@daddyandpapa.com.