Today, Monday 5th 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 four 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 Children and Young People and Safeguarding says:
‘We know from experience that LGBT people often come to adoption and fostering with an open mind and real enthusiasm – it’s often their first choice for growing their family. Many children waiting to be adopted or fostered have had a very chaotic start to life, and we’ve seen them thrive with their new parents.
‘You can be single, over 40 and you don’t need to own your own home to consider foster caring or adoption. We need people with stability, love and resourcefulness who can help a child with whatever needs they may have.’
Now in its seventh 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 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.’
For further information contact:
Derby City Council
Tel: 01332 643500
Notes for editors:
In England in 2016/17 there were 420 adoptions to same-sex couples, accounting for 9.6 per cent of all adoptions that year, or 1 in 10.
In Wales in the same period, adoptions by same-sex couples accounted for 1 in 8 of all adoptions (40 out of 310 adoptions).
In Scotland there were 30 adoptions to same-sex couples in 2015/16, out of 523 adoptions.
Eight in ten (80 per cent) lesbian, gay and bisexual people expect to face barriers if they applied to become foster parents.