Last year, 1 in 4 of adoptions with After Adoption’s Families that Last service were with adopters who identify as LGBT, compared to 1 in 10 in England with same-sex couples, and 1 in 8 in Wales. Whilst record numbers of LGBT people are coming forward to adopt, many more are needed to parent over 2,500 children waiting for their happy, lasting family.
Emma Harris, Senior Marketing Officer, After Adoption, commented, “As a member agency of New Family Social, we actively encourage LGBT people to come to us, believing strongly that diverse children benefit from diverse families. We look at each person’s unique skills and focus on their strengths. Our friendly and experienced team also offers lifelong support and specialist training, tailored to meet individual needs.”
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.’
Exploring routes to becoming a parent?
Come and see After Adoption at LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week FREE Seminar this Thursday, 6.30pm – 8.30pm, at the LGBT Foundation in Manchester. Register here.
If you can’t make the event, you can find out more about adopting here.