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Frequently Asked Questions About Gay Parenting


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Can Gay Men Adopt Children?
In many countries, including the United States (with the exception of Florida and Missouri) gay men can adopt children.
How Many Gay Parents Are There In The United States?
According to About.com's Guide to Adoption, there were an estimated 300,000 to 500,000 gay and lesbian biological parents in 1976. In 1990, an estimated 6 to 14 million children had a gay or lesbian parent. And, between 8 and 10 million children are being raised in a gay and lesbian households. (read more)
How Much Does Adoption Cost?

Depending on the type of adoption, costs can range from zero to as much as $30,000. Read more about Adoption Costs.

Are Adoption Agencies Gay-Friendly?
Some adoption agencies are more gay-friendly than others. It is important to find an agency that welcomes gay adoptive parents.
Can Only Gay Couples Apply for Adoption?
No. Some agencies will evaluate single as well as gay couples for adoption.

What Do Adoption Agencies Look for in Potential Parents?
Usually, prospective parents are between 25 and 50 years old. However, there is no one factor agencies use to award children to potential parents. You can own or rent a home- have an income from a variety of steady sources (including pensions and disability payments)- or be married or single, amongst other things.
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