Florida’s attorney general, Bill McCollum, struck down Florida’s ban on gay and lesbian adoption by not appealing a ruling that said the law, which has been in place for 33 years, was unconstitutional.
The ruling was the result of a lawsuit by plaintiff Frank Martin Gill, who sued so that he would be able to adopt his two foster sons.
Florida was the only state that legally prevented gay or lesbian parents from adopting, although they were allowed to be foster parents.
Locally, NYS laws do not prevent gay or lesbian parents from adopting. For local adoption regulations, go to NYS Office of Children and Family Services, and click on "Adopt A Child", which is right at the top of the page, in the middle. We completed our adoption through Fulton County DSS, and you could also contact your local county DSS and ask to speak to the adoption caseworker.