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Single & LGBTQ Adoption

Thank you for popping by International Adoption Net (IAN), where we believe every child deserves the warmth of a loving, permanent family. Toward that goal we embrace the diversity of family structures, and we believe that families come in all shapes and sizes, recognizing that they can be comprised of single parents, married parents, same-sex parents, or any loving combination that provides a nurturing, stable environment for children.

We celebrate the uniqueness of every family, affirming that what truly matters is the love, care, and support that parents provide to their children, regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, or marital status.

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Single & LGBTQ Programs

Whether you're a single man or a single woman, or a gay or lesbian couple or single considering adoption, we're pleased to extend our support and guidance to you.

Because inclusivity is at the heart of our agency, IAN has established successful pathways for single parents and gay parents opening doors to adoption from various countries. For single men and women we recommend exploring adoption opportunities in the following open programs.


Single men may only adopt a boy.

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IAN's only program that legally allows adoption by gay and lesbian parents.

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Colombia Hosting

Legally allows hosting by gay and lesbian parents.

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Single men may adopt boys, single women may adopt either gender.

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Regardless of your marital status, building a robust support network is key as you embark on this beautiful path of adoption. That's why we've dedicated a special section of our website to serve as a resource and place of encouragement for people like yourself considering adoption.

We understand that the adoption process and parenting of a child can feel overwhelming at times. But rest assured, we're here to walk alongside you every step of the way. One of the best ways to prepare for your adoption journey is by connecting with other similar parents or families who have embarked on this path. Feel free to reach out to us for references, including our Colombia program manager, a single woman who has adopted internationally three times.

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Our coordinators can provide details on criteria to adopt from one of our programs and start you on the journey to parenthood.
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Resources for Single and LGBTQ Parents

As you prepare for this life-changing journey, take the time to research, read, and learn. There's a wealth of resources available to support you on your path to parenthood. Choosing the right country for adoption can be a significant decision. If you're uncertain about where to begin, our coordinators are here to chat and guide you toward the best fit for your adoption journey.  

Journey to Parenthood: The Ultimate Guide for Same-Sex Couples (Adoption, Foster Care, Surrogacy, Co-parenting)

Eric Rosswood

October 25, 2022

The pink guide to adoption for lesbians and gay men 3rd edition

Nicola Hill

January 2, 2020

The Ultimate Guide for Gay Dads: Everything You Need to Know About LGBTQ Parenting But Are (Mostly) Afraid to Ask

Eric Rosswood and Berlanti. Greg

October 24, 2017

Lesbian and Gay Foster Care and Adoption, Second Edition

Janet McDermott and Stephen Hicks

July 19, 2018

Adoption by Lesbians and Gay Men: A New Dimension in Family Diversity

David M. Brodzinsky and Adam Pertman

August 25, 2011

Wanted Chosen Loved Adopted (Memory Journal): Adoption Planner For Adoptive Parents (Couples, Single Mothers|Gay and Lesbian| Gender Neutral| Adoption Gift Present Book

LoveCo Press

January 16, 2019

Powerful emotional novels about impossible choices (11 books)

Kate Hewitt

June 13, 2018

A Mother's Goodbye: A gripping emotional page turner about adoption and a mother's love

Kate Hewitt

June 13, 2018

Magic Lessons: Celebratory and Cautionary Tales About Life As A (Single, Gay, Transracially Adoptive) Dad

Joseph Sadusky

June 19, 2019

Blessed by Adoption: One Mom's Stories, Scriptures, and Prayers to Comfort You and Remind You That You're Not Alone

Hillary Froning and Paige Tate & Co

September 29, 2020

The Hopeful Mom's Guide to Adoption: The Wit & Wisdom You Need for the Journey

Rachel Garlinghouse

September 9, 2017

First 5 Years Baby Memory Book: Unisex / Gender Neutral Keepsake Photo Album Scrapbook - Perfect Baby Shower / Pregnancy Gift For All Family, LGBT, Single Mom Dad and Adoptive Parents

Pulliyam Press

April 12, 2021

The Best Single Mom in the World: How I Was Adopted

Mary Zisk

January 1, 2001

Adoption Love Coloring Book: Coloring Book For Adoptive Moms

Joyful Haven Press

February 11, 2022

Single Mothers by Choice: A Guidebook for Single Women Who Are Considering or Have Chosen Motherhood

Jane Mattes

May 10, 1994

Adopting On Your Own: The Complete Guide to Adoption for Single Parents

Lee Varon

October 4, 2000

Single Mothers by Choice: A Guidebook for Single Women Who Are Considering or Have Chosen Motherhood

Jane Mattes

May 1, 1994

Single Adoptive Parents

Sherry Fine and Lee Varon

August 15, 2014

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