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Our support campaign, was held last week 20 - 24 September, and reached all four nations. It was a chance for you to shout about the support your agency offers post placement. Our member agencies took the opportunity to promote LGBT+ adoption and fostering with a range of activities and support events.  If you are with a member agency then login for more information and to register.  If your agency is not yet a member of New Family Social, then please get in touch using the Contact Form

Starting to consider adopting or fostering? Then read a little bit about the requirements.

What our census does and does not reveal.

1 in 6 adoptions in England in 2020 were to same-sex couples. But LGBT+ applicants still have an expectation of discrimination. 

News - from NFS & our agency friends

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

LGBT+ people now play a vital role in caring for some of the UK's most vulnerable young people. In 2020, 1 in 6 adoptions in England were to same-sex couples. In Wales, it was 1 in 5. While there's no official statistics on LGBT+ people's engagement with fostering, New Family Social knows anecdotally that agencies consistently see an increase in enquiries from LGBT+ potential applicants.

It's too soon to know exactly what impact the COVID-19 pandemic had on adoptions in the UK in the past year. Early signs are that it's dramatic - adoptions in Northern Ireland halved in 2021. Statistics for England are due in November. However, a real test is whether the proportion of adoptions for LGBT+ people remains at a comparative level.

The number - and proportion - of adoptions to same-sex couples reached record levels in England in 2020. This was quite a feat, even with the reporting restrictions that surround adoptions. At a time when the environment feels increasingly hostile for LGBT+ people this success is one to cherish - not for the adopters but for the children and young people finding their families.

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Adoption statistics in England

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Adoption statistics in Northern Ireland


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1 in 6

adoptions in England in 2020 were to same-sex  couples

3 in 4

 New Family Social adopters consider adopting siblings


The total number of children in foster care in England

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Support from LGBT+ friendly agencies is rising across every UK country. 

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