LGBT+ Adoption & Fostering Week campaign returns this week, (4 – 10 March). This year’s theme is ’7 days to love’ with each day of the week focusing on different areas. 

In 2018 there were 75,420 looked after children in England, with 550 of those in Derby. There’s an ongoing need for more people to provide foster care across the UK and for more people to consider adoption.

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 us to encourage more LGBT+ people to consider both pathways to parenting.

We know that many myths still surround LGBT+ adoption and fostering, so this week, we’ll be busting those myths starting with seven reasons for more LGBT+ people to come forward and consider adoption or fostering.

  1. A person’s sexuality is not a barrier to fostering or adopting. We know that the LGBT+ community make absolutely fantastic adoptive and foster parents.
  2. In 2018 – 450 adoptions were by same-sex couples, out of 3,820 adoptions. This accounts for 1 in 8 of all adoptions that year, or 12 per cent!
  3. As a local authority, we actively welcome and encourage our LGBT+ communities to come forward as adoptive or foster parents. We believe that everyone can change a life through fostering or adoption with us.
  4. Research from 2015 found that the quality of family relationships and the and the wider social environment are more influential in children’s psychological development than the number, gender, sexual orientation, or biological relatedness of their parents.
  5. If you want to know more about how to change a life with us, you can start on our website, give us a call or come along to one of our regular drop-in sessions at the Council House.
  6. Don’t just take our word for it, listen to Terry’s experience below!
  7. We urgently need incredible people from all walks of life, to come forward and provide amazing homes for our children.

Councillor Evonne Williams, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People commented:

“We have more children than ever in need of loving adoptive and foster parents and homes to call their own. So, this LGBT+ Adoption and Fostering week, I’d like to encourage our brilliant LGBT+ communities to come forward and consider adopting or fostering with us.”