While some states are trying to limit adoption and foster care opportunities for prospective LGBT parents, Connecticut is reaching out. There are currently about 4,300 children in the state’s care. There are approximately 100 LGBT adoptive families in the system. The goal of the state is to increase that to 250.
To meet objectives, DCF is working with a number of LGBT organizations in the state.
I do not expect states like Oklahoma to reach out to LGBT people to adopt (although they should). The fact that Oklahoma has recently created obstacles to LGBT people hurts children because fewer adoptive families are available. Moreover, adoption agencies are not placing children with the best available families.
The following states permit adoption agencies and refuse to place children with LGBT families:
- North Dakota
- South Dakota