LGBT Adoption & Fostering Week is an annual campaign – led by New Family Social – to encourage more lesbian, gay, bi and trans people to consider adopting and fostering. Alongside a social media campaign there are a wide range of special events arranged by agencies across the country, as well as seminars organised by the charity specifically for LGBT potential parents.
While record numbers of LGBT people now adopt and foster, there is still an urgent need for more to do so. Research consistently shows that LGBT people often expect to face discrimination if they apply to adopt or foster. By working with those adoption and fostering agencies keen to attract LGBT applicants and highlighting the parenting options available to LGBT people, the campaign has played a key role in consistently increasing the number of LGBT people adopting and fostering in the UK.
Adoption and fostering statistics
- In 2017 there were 72,670 looked-after children in England and 7,180 more foster families were needed across the UK
- LGBT people can and do adopt and foster. In England in 2017, 1 in 10 adoptions were to same-sex couples
- In Scotland same-sex couple adoptions doubled in three years, with 30 taking place in 2016
- In Wales there were 40 reported adoptions to same-sex couples in 2017 This accounted for 1 in 8 of all adoptions in Wales that year.
For 2018 the theme of the campaign is 10 Good Reasons. You can read the full list of reasons in the agencies section. 2018 is also the tenth anniversary of New Family Social operating as a national organisation. The campaign uses the hashtags #proudtofoster and #proudtoadopt
The campaign is supported by a series of some 60 information sessions taking place across the country to encourage more LGBT people to consider adopting or fostering. You can find the sessions nearest to you on this website.
Films and podcasts to support the campaign
What’s it really like to adopt if you’re LGBT? Four adopters share their experiences of adopting from across England. Kindly supported by First4Adoption.
Alex – a trans man – talks about the impact of adopting and why trans people should consider it.
There are also short films and case studies on the New Family Social website:
For more information
The campaign’s media release will be available under embargo closer to the week. For further information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0843 289 9457 and select option 3.