Today, Monday 6th March, marks the start of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Adoption and Fostering Week.

More LGBT adopters and foster carers are needed to provide loving, stable homes for children in Derby, particularly for those over five years old and sibling groups. Currently in Derby there are around 400 children in care.  In 2015, 23% of adoptions in Derby were to same-sex couples, and in 2016, 15% of approved adopters were from the LGBT community.

Councillor Sara Bolton, Cabinet Member for Safeguarding & Children and Young People, said:

“We know from experience that LGBT people often come to adoption and fostering with an open mind and real enthusiasm. Many of our children have had a very chaotic 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 child with whatever needs they may have, so I would encourage anyone who is part of the LGBT Community and is thinking of fostering or adopting to come and talk to our team.”

Now in its sixth year, LGBT Adoption & Fostering Week is organised by New Family Social, a charity that supports LGBT adopters and foster carers across the UK.

Tor Docherty, New Family Social’s Chief Executive, said:

“Record numbers of LGBT people now choose to adopt or foster. But YouGov polling shows many believe they’ll be discriminated against by agencies, with eight in ten lesbian, gay and bisexual people expecting to face barriers if they apply to become foster parents. We’re delighted that Derby City Council is supporting the week and trying to encourage more LGBT people to explore adoption or foster caring.”

To find out more about Adoption and Fostering in Derby come along to our information session on Tuesday 21st March at 6.30pm, or visit our website.  For information about LGBT fostering and adoption week, visit the LGBT Adoption and Fostering week website.