Adoption can be a complicated legal proceeding in any situation, but when the prospective parents are a same-sex couple, it can be even more difficult. In today's society, there are various methods of adoption, and some of these may be easier or better suited for nontraditional families.
Using a public or private agency may be one of the most common ways to adopt, and both have their pros and cons. Public agencies may have antidiscrimination laws in effect that mean that a same-sex couple cannot be discriminated against purely on the basis of their sexual orientation. Private agencies, however, are able to determine their own criteria, and depending on the agency, this could be better or worse for same-sex couples.