Same-sex couples who want to adopt should explore the options
Same-sex couples who want to start a family will often turn to adoption and other similar methods to bring children into the home to love. Changes in the laws in Maryland mean that same-sex couples do have the ability to choose adoption as the method for starting a family. We understand that you might want to know more about the process before you embark upon it. We can help you to learn about the process and we can help you move through the process if you decide that adoption is right for your family.
In some cases, same-sex couples might choose to start a family through sperm donors or egg donors. While these are excellent options, they don’t provide the necessary protections for the non-biological parent.
Sadly, same-sex partners who aren’t a biological parent to a child they helped to raise don’t have any rights to visitation or custody if the relationship ends. Stepparent adoptions are one solution to that issue. If you are in a same-sex relationship and want to know that you will be able to continue to have contact with the children, a step-parent adoption might be the right option for you.
When it comes down to it, same-sex couples who are thinking about starting a family need to think about the legal aspects of the decision. We can help you explore stepparent, private party or agency adoptions to determine which is the most appropriate choice for your case. Once you know the specific information pertaining to each type, you can decide how you are going to proceed.