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It's great that you're here.

Whatever brought you to find out a little more about LGBTQ+ adoption and fostering, New Family Social is a great place to start.

Since 2007 we've led efforts to make adoption and fostering in the UK more accessible for LGBTQ+ people.

Before legal changes, it was difficult and challenging to be taken seriously by social workers. LGBTQ+ couples couldn't legally adopt directly and a small number of LGBTQ+ singles fought through the paperwork.

In 2022, 1 in 6 adoptions in England were to same-sex couples. In Wales it stood at 1 in 4. We work with agencies across the UK to drive this change and have some 5,500 LGBTQ+ members.

You could be part of next year's statistics.

If you're LGBTQ+, at least 21 years old and live in Britain, you can adopt.  This means you can become the new, permanent parent for a child or children who can’t live with their birth parents.

Join to gain access to national events, peer support, forums and summer camp.  If you register with one of our adoption or fostering member agencies then it's free. 

If you're LGBTQ+, at least 18 years old and live in Britain, you can foster.  Children, from babies to teenagers need stable loving families who care.

If you've been approved to adopt then through this service you can access children's profiles from our member agencies.

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