Below is a very brief overview of adoption & fostering. For further information, see:
- A beginner’s guide from New Family Social
- A selection of blogs from LGBT adopters and foster carers
- Some short films featuring LGBT adoptive parents from around the UK
- A number of short films including LGBT foster carers from around the UK
- These films of the children of LGBT foster carers and adoptive parents
When you adopt, you become the new, permanent parent for a child or children who can’t live with their birth parents. Some of the reasons to form a permanent family by adoption may include:
- it can be be extremely rewarding to become the new “forever family” for a child or children who are going through a difficult time.
- as an adoptive parent you will have full parental responsibility. The process itself involves many other people, but once you have adopted, your legal status is straightforward.
- if you are a couple you will be parenting on an equal footing, as neither of you will have a biological link to your new child.
Foster carers look after children who may move on to a different home. This might be for short periods, but sometimes the children might stay in their foster families until they are adults. Some of the reasons to become a foster carer include:
- it can be be extremely rewarding to care for a child or children who are going through a difficult time.
- you may enjoy helping children move on to a new family, or to return to their birth parents.
- you may enjoy caring for older children, who might be with you for long periods.
Adopters and Foster Carers can be:
- Single, in a civil partnership, married or unmarried
- Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or heterosexual
- From any ethnic or religious background
- A homeowner or living in rented accommodation
- Working, unemployed or retired
- Parents already
- Any age (over 21)
Having a disability or a medical condition doesn’t exclude you from adopting or fostering, as long as you are able to cope with the rigours of parenting!