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Adoptions by same-sex couples in England surge 17 per cent in a year [18 November, 2022]

18 Nov 2022 09:16 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Adoptions by same-sex couples in England rose by 17 per cent in 2022, new figures published by the Department of Education show. Analysis by New Family Social – the UK’s charity led by and for LGBTQ+ adopters, foster carers and kinship carers – reveals the rise.

The Government statistics say that 540 out of 2,950 adoptions in England in 2022 were to same-sex couples. The same figures show that in 2021, there were 460; which rose by 17.4 per cent to this year’s total of 540.

Same-sex couples adopting accounted for more than 1 in 6 of all adoptions in England in 2022. This is the greatest proportion on record. The news follows the tenth LGBTQ+ adoption & fostering week in March – when the campaign started just 1 in 31 adoptions in the country were to same-sex couples. The campaign focuses on encouraging LGBTQ+ people to explore adoption and fostering and is the only one of its kind in the UK.

Welcoming the news, Tor Docherty, Chief Executive of New Family Social said: ‘This is hugely reassuring – not just for LGBTQ+ people considering adoption but also for looked-after children. These children’s needs are paramount in every adoption decision and LGBTQ+ people are an invaluable pool of potential parents.’

How the figures are calculated, using Department for Education categories and data released 17 November:

 Adopter type  Adoptions in 2021 (2020/2021 reporting period) Adoptions in 2022 (2021/2022 reporting period) 
 Total same sex couple not in civil partnership or married  160 180 
 Civil partnership couple [Total of male/male and female/female couples] 80  70 
 Married couple - both male 130   180
 Married couple - both female 90  110 
 Total 460   540
 Total number of adoptions in reporting period 2890  2950 
 Same-sex couples adopting as part of total adoptions 15.9 per cent / 1 in 6  18.3 per cent / 1 in 5.5 

Restrictions of data: As the data presented by the Department for Education relates to adoptive family composition – rather than recorded sexual orientation or gender identity data – it excludes

  • Single LGBTQ+ adopters
  • Bi people in different gender relationships
  • Trans people in different gender relationships

The full data release is available online


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