LGBT Adoption Pros and Cons

LGBT Adoption Pros and Cons

LGBT Adoption Pros and Cons

Everyone deserves to have the family they’ve always dreamed of. The world is becoming more progressive, and we are seeing an increase in diverse families. If you’re a birth mother who is thinking about placing your child for adoption through LGBT adoption,  our agency is here to help you compile all of the advantages and drawbacks of LGBT adoption. 

Here is a non-exhaustive list of LGBT adoption pros and cons. Because it’s better to end on a positive note, let’s start with the cons.


  • Discrimination – Although society is evolving and becoming more accepting, there is always room for improvement. Choosing to have your child raised in an LGBT adoptive household in what some may consider an “unconventional” family may increase the risk of your child experiencing bullying or harassment. Sadly, kids who are raised without a sense of diversity and acceptance tend to make fun of what and who they don’t understand. 
  • Assumptions and stereotypes – We know that there is no “perfect” or “right” definition of family; however, there are still people out there who believe that your child should be raised by a mother and a father. There is also the myth that children raised by LGBT parents turn out to be gay. While proven false time and time again, those stereotypes and judgements can still sting.
  • Psychological issues – Studies show that children raised by LGBT parents are more likely to experience mental illness or abuse drugs and/or alcohol than those raised by straight parents. Due to the severity of those issues, that statistic can carry a lot of weight for birth mothers..

While these are very important cons to be aware of, it shouldn’t deter you away from choosing LGBT adoption for your child. There are many good things that your child can experience, which brings us to our next segment! Let’s look on the bright side and discuss the pros of LGBT adoption.


  • Increased empathy and tolerance in the child – Being raised in an adoptive family who is considered “different” is a prime example of how we should embrace our true selves and live the life that will make us the happiest. Because children raised by LGBT parents know what it feels like to “stand out,” they are often more humble and accepting of their peers. Whether it’s offering to sit with a lonely student at lunch or standing up for a kid getting bullied, your child will learn the importance of individuality, grow to be more accepting of others’ differences and choose compassion.  
  • Greater commitment to parenting – LGBT adoptive parents don’t typically get pregnant by accident. They have to work harder than usual to have children as they cannot conceive naturally. In other words, LGBT parents don’t take the decision to adopt lightly. They think long and hard, which shows an amazing amount of responsibility, dedication and strong commitment to parenting. 
  • A loving family No matter how hard you try, you can’t make everyone happy. Love is love, and those who identify as LGBT have no shortage of that beautiful characteristic. There will always be obstacles in life, but there is no doubt that a loving adoptive  family can be created if given the right tools. Yourchild will be grateful to be loved. Sexual orientation has no impact on whether or not their adoptive parents are capable of being good parents and role models. Family is more than blood and DNA, and your child’s adoptive family structure will show that.

LGBT Adoption Pros and Cons

Adoption Choices of Las Vegas is here to help you weigh the pros and cons and to answer any of your adoption questions. Every situation has a positive and negative side, but it’s best to research all of your options before you make a decision.

You have the right to form your child’s adoptive family any way you want. If you decide that LGBT adoption is right for you, all those barriers will someday be worth it. All that matters is that the child is loved, happy, and healthy. 

Adoption Choices of Las Vegas has been providing adoption and surrogacy services across in Las Vegas since 2012. For information more general to Nevada, please visit our mother site Adoption Choices of Nevada. For information specific to Reno, please visit our sister site Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Reno. You can also call us to speak to someone now. Contact Us 24/7: CALL OR TEXT 702-474-4673

Meet the Author: Hi! I’m Ashley! I am a senior at Loyola University Chicago pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in journalism. My hobbies include: reading, writing, and binge-watching the newest Netflix craze.

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