You’re not alone.
As of 2019, 63% of LGBTQ+ millennials are considering starting or expanding their family in the years ahead, and up to 3.7 million children under the age of 18 have an LGBTQ+ parent. If you’re looking for other LGBTQ+ folks who are or have been where you are today, explore Family Equality’s numerous support channels.
Paths to parenthood for LGBTQ+ families
There is a myriad of unique ways that LGBTQ+ people become parents, though two of the most common paths are adoption and pregnancy (typically through surrogacy, assisted reproduction, and/or insemination). None is preferable to the other — choice, opportunity, resources, and gut instinct will help you determine your best fit.
The cost of becoming an LGBTQ+ parent
Becoming a parent is expensive, regardless of who you are, where you live, or how many adults will raise the children. But for LGBTQ+ people, the initial cost of simply becoming a parent can be significant. Depending on any individual LGBTQ+ person’s relationships, anatomy, health, and personal choices, becoming a parent will involve a combination of one or more of the processes listed below:
$0 – $75,000
Depending on the path you take, adoption costs and accompanying legal fees can range from $0 – 75,000.
Securing legal parentage
$100 – $3,000
After welcoming a child into your home, additional legal considerations exist for securing and establishing legal parentage.
$250 – $12,000 (plus annual fees)
Particularly for trans, nonbinary, and gender non-conforming parents who are or have medically transitioned, there are additional costs associated with sperm and egg freezing and storage.
Our research shows that regardless of cost and household income level, LGBTQ+ people are planning and eager to expand their families. Fortunately, there are grant opportunities available to help LGBTQ+ folks offset the costs of assisted reproduction and/or adoption.
LGBTQ+ Family-Building Stories
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