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Record number of adoptions in Scotland to same-sex couples in 2021 [29 June, 2022]

29 Jun 2022 08:28 | Anonymous member (Administrator)


New figures published this week show that there were a record number of adoptions in Scotland to same-sex couples couples in 2021. In total there were 44 adoptions to same-sex couples, out of a total of 480.  The previous high was 41 adoptions in 2019. The new figures show that 9.2 per cent - or 1 in 11 - adoptions in Scotland in 2021 were to same-sex couples. 

Despite these record figures, Scotland remains behind England and Wales in the proportion of adoptions to LGBTQ+ people, with England recording 1 in 6 adoptions to same-sex couples in 2021 and Wales 1 in 8.

No UK country successfully records the full engagement of LGBTQ+ people in adoption. The data collected is on the composition of the adoptive family - one man and woman, two men, two women - rather than sexual orientation or gender identity data of the adoptive parents. This means all data above excludes single adoptive parents, bi people in an opposite gender relationship and trans people in an opposite-gender relationship.

 Year Male couples   Female couples Total same-sex couples in Scotland 
 2010 (earliest year on record)  4  5
 2011  0  1
 2012  7 1  8
 2013  11 3  14
 2014  7

10

 17
 2015  11  11  22
 2016  24  6  30
 2017  23  7  30
 2018  23  5  28
 2019  27  14  41
 2020  11  7  18
 2021  32  12  44

Source of Data: National Records of Scotland


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