March 01, 2019
More LGBT+ adopters are needed to provide loving, stable homes for vulnerable children in our region and across the UK. 1 in 8 adoptions in England in 2018 were to same-sex couples, but more than 3,000 children in the UK are still awaiting adoption.
LGBT+ Adoption & Fostering Week is organised by New Family Social, a charity that supports LGBT+ adopters and foster carers across the UK. The theme this year is 7 days to love and throughout the week, SFCS and other agencies across the UK will be sharing lots of advice and information for potential LGBT+ adopters and foster carers.
New Family Social say: ‘Despite a record proportion of same-sex couples adopting in England and Wales, LGBT+ people still report high expectations of discrimination from foster and adoption agencies. To counter this, LGBT+ Adoption & Fostering Week is a unique opportunity for agencies across the UK to come together and encourage more LGBT+ people to consider both pathways to parenting.’
Throughout the campaign week, SFCS will be sharing advice, information and useful links for LGBT+ adopters on our Facebook and Twitter pages. We will also share two real stories from LGBT+ couples who adopted their children with the help of SFCS.
And at 6.30pm on Wednesday 6th March, we are hosting an information event. Although the event will celebrate LGBT+ adoption, it is open to anyone who is thinking about growing their family through adoption.
Alison Miller, CEO of SFCS says: ‘We know from experience that LGBT+ people often come to adoption and fostering with an open mind and real enthusiasm, as it’s often their first choice for growing their family. Many children in care have had a very traumatic start to life, and we’ve seen them thrive with their new parents.
‘We need people with stability, love and resourcefulness who can help a vulnerable child with whatever needs they may have.’
Happy LGBT+ Adoption & Fostering Week!