Record numbers of LGBT people in the UK now consider adoption and fostering, but many more are needed to parent vulnerable children. LGBT Adoption & Fostering Week – the annual campaign encouraging LGBT people in the UK to explore these parenting routes –publishes 10 Good Reasons this week why LGBT people should do so. The reasons are published across the week on social media.
From improved post-adoption support, to keeping siblings together, the reasons given by the campaign aim to help LGBT people to take their first steps into adoption and fostering. While 1 in 8 adoptions in Wales – and 1 in 10 adoptions in England – were to same-sex couples in 2017, 140 more adoptive families are currently needed in Wales and over 7,000 more foster carers are needed across the UK.
Research consistently shows that LGBT people expect to face discrimination because of their sexual orientation or gender identity when applying to adopt or foster, so the campaign unites agencies keen to work with LGBT applicants and New Family Social, the UK’s charity for LGBT adopters and foster carers. Throughout the week a series of 60 information events across Britain is planned by adoption and foster care agencies for LGBT people, including a dog walk in Scotland, a drop-in at Wrexham’s WaterWorld and seminars in central London and Manchester.
Tor Docherty, New Family Social chief executive, said: ‘This year we’re sharing ten good reasons why LGBT people should consider adopting and fostering – but there are many, many more. We’re delighted that the proportion of same-sex couples adopting in Wales rose to an all-time high last year – but there is still much work to be done to support and encourage LGBT people to adopt and foster, wherever they are in the UK.’
The campaign also takes place in the tenth year of New Family Social acting as a national organisation for LGBT adopters and foster carers.
Find out more about the campaign at newfamilysocial.org.uk/lgbt2018, follow it on Twitter at #proudtoadopt and #proudtofoster or on Facebook