By Alex Temblador
For many LGBT households, they prefer to create their families through adoption. Since the marriage equality ruling, LGBT adoption has become legal all across the U.S. which means that LGBT prospective parents are legally able to adopt from foster care. And as of right now, more than 16,000 LGBT households are raising over 22,000 adopted children in the U.S. alone.
However, for some LGBT persons, they prefer to adopt children internationally, or at the least, consider international adoption for a variety of reasons. Yet, this can come with its own issues. Though the U.S. has finally allowed LGBT persons to adopt domestically from all 50 states, many countries around the world still do not allow for same-sex marriage, much less LGBT adoptions or international LGBT adoptions. However, for those in the LGBT community who are interested in international adoption, there are a few countries that will allow for international gay adoption.
In November of 2015, Colombia lifted it’s gay adoption ban for couples within the country. This new law also allows for international same-sex couples to adopt from Colombia. The law should go into effect in 2016, allowing for LGBT prospective parents to begin the adoption process this year.
Brazil also allows for international LGBT couples and singles to adopt, though they must be at least 25 years of age and 16 years older than the child they adopt. Take note that if you adopt as a couple, you both have to travel to Brazil for the in-country process which is about 34-45 days. Both the Children’s Home Society and BAAS International work on international gay adoptions with Brazil.
A few states in Mexico allow international same-sex couples to adopt, however, ALL couples must be married for at least two years before being allowed to adopt from these states.
For LGBT persons interested in adopting from the Philippines, it can be a bit difficult, but not altogether impossible. Since, Philippine law doesn’t recognize same-sex marriage, gay couples technically can’t internationally adopt from this country. However, the U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs does note that the country “does not expressly forbid gay, bi-sexual, or transgendered individuals from applying to adopt individually.” It may be possible for gay couples to adopt from the Philippines, as the Filipino Law Group seems to insinuate that they can help gay couples do so.
Though it was difficult to even find these four different countries, LGBT couples should not be deterred from adopting, whether it be internationally or domestically. LGBT persons can easily foster adopt in the U.S. and find a number of private adoption agencies who will work with LGBT couples or singles on open or closed adoptions.
All in all, it’s good to remember that you can have your forever family and a lifetime of happiness.