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

LGBTQ+ Adoption & Fostering Week returns from 4 March. It's the only recruitment campaign in the UK that solely focuses on encouraging more LGBTQ+ people to consider both routes to building their families.

When we started the campaign - over a decade ago - there was little to no LGBTQ+ engagement with adoption or fostering. Just 1 in 31 adoptions were to same-sex couples. Last year that stood at 1 in 5. In Wales in 2022, 1 in 4 adoptions were to same-sex couples.

LGBTQ+ people now form a key resource for adoption and fostering agencies that look for new applicants. Statistics on who currently adopts or fosters is scarce in every country in the UK - and what data there is undercounts the involvement of our community. The 'true' figure for every country is likely to be greater if there was data on the sexual orientation and gender identity of single adopters and adopters in different gender relationships. 

(In fostering there's an even greater information gap. Bizarrely, there's no national data on the sexual orientation or gender identity of who currently cares for our most vulnerable children. This then hampers recruitment efforts as it's hard to appeal to a community - that witnessed intense resistance to the introduction of equality laws - to consider fostering when there's scant evidence any LGBTQ+ people actually do so.)

Agencies that want to take part in LGBTQ+ Adoption & Fostering Week 2024 can find out more by following the link below.

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1 in 5

adoptions in England in 2023 were to same-sex  couples

3 in 4

 New Family Social adopters consider adopting siblings

57,500+

The total number of children in foster care in England



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