The latest statistics from the Department of Education show that one in 10 children are adopted by same-sex couples which has increased from 5.7 percent to 9.9 percent over the last five years.
However, more LGBT adopters and foster carers are needed to provide loving, stable homes for children across the UK, particularly for those over four years old and sibling groups.
Leading adoption charity Adoption Matters is appealing for more members of the LGBT community to consider becoming adoptive parents. Adoption Matters proud members of New Family Social – the UK charity working for LGBT adopters, foster carers and their children who organise the week each year and celebrate their 10th anniversary in 2018. This year’s theme is #10goodreasons to be #proudtoadopt
Adoption Matters’ couples, Luke & Sam, Michael & Les and Concurrent carer Vince have all shared their stories in the hope of encouraging other couples to think about adoption. Other LGBT adopters have shared their own #10goodreasons which we will be sharing on our Facebook and Twitter accounts throughout the week.
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 and their adopters will be attending New Family Social information event during the week on Thursday 8 March at 6:30pm at the LGBT Foundation 5 Richmond Street Manchester M1 3HF, contact us on Freephone 0300 123 1066 or download a free adoption information pack here.