Women and men choose single parenthood for many reasons, but the most common is that they want to be a parent and they have not found the right partner. What they share is a strong desire for parenthood. Their families can be formed through adoption or through fertility treatment.
Single parents face unique challenges in adoption, but it is possible, and Creating a Family has many resources on adopting as a single mother or father. A few we think you will find particularly helpful are:
- Creating a Support Network as a Single Adoptive, Foster, or Kinship Parent (article)
- Are Single Women and Same-Sex Couple Chosen by Birth Mothers (article)
- Attachment 101 (1 hr. podcast w/ expert)
- Adopting as a Single Parent (1 hr. podcast w/ experts)
- What Expectant Women Look for In Adoptive Parents (1 hr. podcast w/ expert)
- Suggested Books on Adoption and Parenting as a Single Parent
Single women may use donor sperm (with or without artificial insemination) and single men may use donor egg with surrogacy. Creating a Family has many resources on becoming a single parent via sperm or egg donation. A few we think you will find particularly helpful are:
- Finding Male Role Models for Kids of Single Moms (or lesbian couples) (article)
- LGBTQ+ Parenting (Part 2): Adoption (1 hr. podcast w/ expert)
- Single Parenthood by Choice (1 hr. podcast w/ experts)
- Top Ten Tips for Choosing an Egg or Sperm Donor (tip sheet)
Many more Creating a Family interviews with experts, blogs, and fact sheets on single parenthood can be found at the icons below.