More LGBT adopters and foster carers are needed in 2017 to provide loving homes for children in Britain, according to New Family Social.
In 2016, 1 in 10 adoptions in England were to same-sex couples, but some 70,000 children in the country remain in care. Experts estimate that an additional 9,000 foster carers alone were needed across the UK in 2016.
These flagship events are taking place during LGBT Adoption & Fostering Week which starts on 6 March 2017. Both events are free to attend, and experts will be on hand to answer questions. There will also be LGBT people who are already fostering or who’ve adopted at these events so that you can meet them and hear their stories.
A series of some 40 sessions are also planned across Britain to mark the week, organised by regional adoption and foster care services. These will raise awareness among LGBT people that they can provide homes and families for vulnerable children through adopting or fostering.
New Family Social Chief Executive Tor Docherty, said:
‘While it’s heartening to see so many LGBT people successfully adopting, there are still many vulnerable children in Britain who need foster carers and adoptive parents. Our families are resilient, resourceful and remarkable – LGBT people can bring a unique set of skills to parenting. If you’re considering your family options LGBT Adoption & Fostering week is the perfect time to find out more.’
Same-sex couples have had the right to apply to adopt jointly since changes in the law came into effect in 2005 in England and Wales and 2009 in Scotland.
LGBT Adoption & Fostering Week
LGBT Adoption & Fostering Week is an annual campaign – led by New Family Social – to encourage more LGBT people to explore fostering and adoption. In 2016 it reached over 19 million people. The week brings together adoption and foster care services across the UK.
LGBT Adoption & Fostering Week returns from 6 March, 2017. Record numbers of lesbian, gay, bi and trans people now adopt and foster in the UK but with some 70,000 children in care in England alone, there is still a real need for more LGBT people to consider adoption or fostering. However, as our children have often experienced chaotic early years potential adopters and foster carers need to be resilient and resourceful to form remarkable families.
To find out more about LGBT Adoption & Fostering Week visit www.newfamilysocial.org.uk/lgbt2017