In 2019, Family Equality conducted a study that found that 63% of LGBTQ+ millennials are considering expanding their families, with 48% of LGBTQ+ millennials actively planning to grow their families, compared to 55% of non-LGBTQ+ millennials. On the other hand, among individuals over the age of 54, 28% of LGBTQ+ individuals already have children, while 68% of non-LGBTQ+ individuals have children.
It has become clear that the difference in parenting rates between LGBTQ+ and non-LGBTQ+ individuals will become much smaller in the future. As many people from the LGBTQ+ community plan to use adoption to expand their families, questions about whether they are legally allowed to adopt and what challenges they may have when trying to adopt will become increasingly important to address. Given the significant number of unadopted youths in California, clearing the pathway to adoption for LGBTQ+ parents could be a significant step towards reducing the number of adoptees and children in the foster care system.