SC Equality believes what numerous studies have shown — that gays and lesbians are just as capable as straight people of providing a loving, stable adoptive or foster home for the children who need them.

Opponents of GLBT equality have targeted foster care placement and adoption rights as a battleground, and on a number of occasions in the past, bills have been introduced in South Carolina that would prohibit gay and lesbian citizens from adopting children or becoming foster parents.

SC Equality has successfully defeated these measures in the past. We remain vigilant and prepared to work to stop discriminatory legislation if it should be introduced again in the future.

Since gay adoption bans have failed in the state, South Carolina law remains silent on the issue of adoption by GLBT individuals— focusing instead on what is in the best interest of the child at issue. SC Equality believes that decisions regarding the placement of a child in state care into a foster or adoptive home are best made on a case by case basis by the child welfare professional and/or judge who have responsibility for the case. The sole consideration should be the child’s best interests and the best available situation for that child. The marital or relationship status of a suitably qualified prospective foster or adoptive parent or family should never be grounds for exclusion from consideration.