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Starting to consider adopting or fostering? Then read a little bit about the requirements.

Read the summary & recommendations of our members' survey on the adoption & fostering approval process & support.

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1 in 7 adoptions in England in 2019 were to same-sex couples. But LGBT+ applicants still have an expectation of discrimination. 


News - from NFS & our agency friends


A word from...... James Lawrence, Head of Communications & Engagement

The return to school for many of us felt like an achievement, following many months of restrictive lockdown. So, inevitably, the recent increase of the prevalence of coronavirus in the population – and the need to return to a more cautious social approach – is understandably disconcerting for vulnerable children. Their need for consistency coupled with a thirst for a return to normality can lead to a deterioration in behaviour and inability to study.

If you’re parenting a child who needs this, there are steps you can take to alleviate some of the stress. The first is to be thoroughly familiar with how your child’s school is will react to potential coronavirus cases among staff and pupils. Share the process with your child if they show interest in it and if not take them through the process if they ask a seemingly random question.

There may also be value in revisiting the need for social distancing guidance and the importance of wearing a mask if your child isn’t exempt. We frequently hear anecdotally from our members that their children struggle with both and the return to school may be seen as a signal that these measures are less important than earlier than in the year.

You can also prepare for a return to home schooling, while hoping it’s not necessary. There’s no need to panic buy – indeed you may have a secret stash of unused pasta and sauces – but a small supply of comfort food to soothe your child can be helpful.

Finally, if you’re expecting to access support from your adoption or fostering agency take the initiative to contact it for any new guidance. New Family Social’s recent State of the System research found that two in ten (20.1 per cent) LGBT+ adoptive parents reported delays in trying to access support as a result of the pandemic. As we all adjust to enhanced restrictions on everyday life it's easy to assume that all processes are continuing as they were a few months ago - this may not be the case and it'll help you and your child if you're fully aware of any changes.




1 in 7

adoptions in England in 2019 were to same-sex  couples


3 in 4

 New Family Social adopters consider adopting siblings


53,000+

The total number of children in foster care in England



Adoption and foster carer assessment and support services rely on face-to-face contact

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Some 60 foster agencies joined NFS in 2019. Find out why we're working together.

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Increasing numbers of agencies turn to LGBT+ applicants. What are your options?

Girl on bench with question Mark - What is the support like in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Support from LGBT+ friendly agencies is rising across every UK country. 



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