In North Carolina, there are no legal restrictions prohibiting adoption for same-sex couples and LGBT individuals. Adoption is possible via state-run and private agencies, although some private agencies have restrictions around same-sex couples and joint adoption. Generally, most public and private agencies will allow an LGBT individual to apply for solo adoption for a child that is neither legally nor biologically related to the individual.
It is a common assumption that LGBT and same-sex adoptive parents will experience longer or hard times when adopting, compared to heterosexual individuals or couples.
This is not necessarily true as many birthparents these days are indicating a preference for same-sex couples, giving gay and lesbian adoptive parents a leg up in the adoption process, making it even shorter than traditional adoption processes.
Typically, adoption is a two-year process that includes a number of variables, such as pre-adoption classes and home study as you wait to be matched to the right child.
With all the complexities in the law surrounding same-sex marriage and divorce, it is important to have a family lawyer with LGBT experience advocating your rights around same-sex adoption or family law issues to help mitigate some of the challenges that may arise.
The Law Office of Janice V. Coulter provides confidential counsel for LGBT individuals and couples seeking support for their adoption journey.