1 in 4 adoptions in Wales in 2022 were to same-sex couples, analysis of data published this week by Stats Wales shows. The analysis - by New Family Social, the UK's charity for LGBTQ+ adopters and foster carers - reveals that 22.8 per cent of adoptions in 2021-2022 were to same-sex couples.
This represents a shift in proportion from previous years. Wales now has the greatest proportion of same-sex couples adopters in the UK in a single year - in England more than 1 in 6 adoptions were to same-sex couples, in Scotland in 2021 it was 1 in 11.
How the statistic is calculated:
| Adopter type in Wales
|| Percentage of total
| All adopters 2021/2022
| Male/Male couples
| Female/Female couples
| All same-sex couples
As with all the data published by the UK governments it doesn't currently reflect the full engagement of LGBTQ+ people in adoption. The presentation of data excludes:
- Single LGBTQ+ adopters
- Bi people in different gender relationships
- Trans people in different gender relationships
LGBTQ+ people considering adopting in Wales can now benefit from a country-wide partnership between New Family Social and Wales' National Adoption Service. LGBTQ+ applicants to a Welsh local authority adoption service can apply to access New Family Social’s Gold memberships free of charge. It applies to all LGBTQ+ adopters who adopted or are supported through a Welsh local authority and to all future LGBTQ+ applicants taking this route. You can start the application process through this site.
If you hold a Bronze/Silver/Gold/Orange membership with New Family Social you can log in to view our statistics pages.