1 in 7 adoptions in England in 2019 were to same-sex couples. Record numbers of LGBT+ people now foster and adopt - and all of them will need additional support at some time. Adoption & Support Week for LGBT+ families is a new campaign - backed by the State of the System survey - to support these families, whether they are new parents or have parented for many years. Throughout the week - which starts 7 September - New Family Social will highlight support for LGBT+ adopters and foster carers, share stories from LGBT+ people already parenting or caring and make recommendations for those agencies that support them.
Read State of the System (2020):
The summary - available to read without a membership
The full report - exclusively for our Gold and Silver LGBT+ members and our Orange members, working for a member agency
You can also see a dedicated webinar on State of the System on our YouTube channel:
Across the week:
7 September - polling of our LGBT+ adopter members shows that in the last year 4 in 10 of those in England has their post adoption interventions and support funded by the Adoption Support Fund.
8 September - 1 in 7 LGBT+ people currently in the adoption assessment process say their sexual orientation has been a barrier in their journey.
9 September - 1 in 13 LGBT+ people who apply to adopt or foster are single.
10 September - 1 in 4 LGBT+ adoptive parents asked their agency for support in the last three months.
11 September - 7 in 10 LGBT+ adopters and foster carers know how many adoptions in England were to same-sex couples in 2019.