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Parents in legally recognized same-sex relationships can petition for stepparent adoption statewide; relies on access to marriage or relationship recognition (35 states + D.C.)
LGBT parents can petition for second-parent adoption statewide (15 states + D.C.)
Availability is uncertain (11 states)
LGBT parents face legal restrictions when petitioning for either stepparent or second-parent adoption (4 states)
Percent of LGBT Population Covered by Laws
71% of LGBT population live in states where parents in legally recognized same-sex relationships have access to stepparent adoption statewide45% of LGBT population lives in states where LGBT parents can petition for second-parent adoption statewide22% of LGBT population lives in states where the availability of stepparent and second-parent adoption is uncertain7% of LGBT population lives in states where LGBT parents face legal restrictions when petitioning for either stepparent or second-parent adoption