Recent changes on the U.S. Supreme Court and uncertainty around the unfolding presidential election have led many LGBTQ parents to worry about their families’ legal security.

The good news is that there are ways to make sure your family is legally protected, and if you’ve already taken those steps they can’t be undone.

On November 6, GLAD Senior Attorney Patience Crozier and Massachusetts family law attorney and GLAD Board Chair Joyce Kauffman held a panel to answer common questions about co-parent adoptions, Voluntary Acknowledgments of Parentage, and other ways to secure your legal relationship with your children.

Watch the discussion and visit resources below:

YouTube video

Resources mentioned:

State-issued adoption information (New England):

  • Connecticut
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts (Note: The Massachusetts Parentage Act is currently a bill in the ongoing state legislative session. Learn more.)
  • New Hampshire (Note: NH’s adoption law was changed as on January 1, 2021)
  • Rhode Island does not have a state adoption guide. (Note: RI’s new parentage law (RIUPA) went into effect on January 1, 2021. Learn more.)
  • Vermont