LGBT+ Adoption and Fostering Week 2019

26 February 2019
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It’s LGBT+ Adoption & Fostering Week 4-10 March, as proud members of New Family Social, Adoption Matters are proud to again  support this year’s campaign.


The latest statistics from the Department of Education show that in 2018 there were 450 adoptions by same-sex couples, out of 3,820 adoptions. This accounts for 1 in 8 of all adoptions that year, or 12 per cent.  Currently the Department only record limited data on LGBT+ adoptions this is because recording is still relatively recent.  The above data excludes bisexual people, Trans people not in a same sex relationship and single LGBT adopters.  Therefore, the real number of LGBT+ adopters will be considerably higher.


However, more LGBT adopters are still needed to come forward to provide loving, stable homes for children across the UK.


Adoption Matters are proud members of New Family Social – the UK charity working for LGBT adopters, foster carers and their children who organise the week each year.


Adoption Matters adopters Michael & Les and fostering for adoption carer Charlie  have all shared their stories in the hope of encouraging other couples to think about adoption.



Click here for Michael & Les:


Click here for Charlie’s story: 


Adoption Matters Chief Executive, Norman Goodwin CBE 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 of our children have had a very chaotic start to life, and we’ve seen them thrive with their new parents.


‘You can be single, over 45 and you don’t need to own your own home to consider adoption. We need people with stability, love and resourcefulness who can who can help a child with whatever needs they may have.’


To find out more information and meet some of the Adoption Matters team, the agency will  we will be holding information events at:


  • Durham* Wednesday 6 March 3-7pm (drop-in) DFW Adoption (now part of Adoption Matters group)  Agriculture House, Stonebridge, Durham, DH1 3RY
  • Leeds  Thursday 7 March at 6:30pm at Adoption Matters, Unit 3, Armley Park Court, Leeds, LS12 2AE and
  • Manchester Tuesday 19 March at 6pm Levenshulme Inspire Centre, 747 Stockport Road, Manchester, M19 3AR.


They will also be hosting a LIVE chat session on their website on Wednesday 6 March at 12:30-2:30pm


Download an adoption information pack here or call us free on Tel: 0300 123 1066.


*On 10 September 2018, DFW Adoption, based in Durham, became part of the Adoption Matters group. There is a full merger of the two organisations in process and as of 1 April 2019, DFW Adoption will become part of the Adoption Matters family and will be re-branded as Adoption Matters.