Can Same-Sex Couples Adopt Children in Turkey?

Can Same-Sex Couples Adopt Children in Turkey?

Can Same-Sex Couples Adopt Children in Turkey?

Adoption is the establishment of a child parental relationship by establishing legal ties between a child whose status is eligible for adoption and the person/spouse whose status is eligible for adoption. In Turkey, the adoption procedure takes place within the framework of the relevant provisions of the Turkish Civil Code. For this reason, failure to meet the conditions specified in the law is considered as absolute invalidity.

With Legal legalization of same-sex marriages, the adoption of same-sex couples has also become legal in some countries. It is 85% -90% legal for same-sex couples to adopt, especially in European countries and North American countries.

In Turkey, however, there is no legal regulation in terms of both the legal status of same-sex couples and their adoption. For this reason, there is no legal basis or rules for same-sex couples to adopt in Turkey. In short, it is unclear whether there is any legislation to support this in terms of adoptions of LGBT+ individuals.

However, for Turkish children adopted by same-sex couples in foreign countries, applications have been made by the Government of the Republic of Turkey to invalidate the adoption relationship.