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Adoptions by same-sex couples in England, Scotland and Wales – 2016/2017
- England – In this period there were 420 adoptions to same-sex couples, out of 4,350 adoptions in total. This represents 9.7 per cent of all adoptions that year, or 1 in 10.
- Scotland – In this period there were 30 adoptions to same-sex couples out of 543 in total. This represents 5.5 per cent of all adoptions in Scotland that year, or 1 in 18.
- Wales – In this period there were 40 adoptions to same-sex couples, out of 310 adoptions in total. This represents 13 per cent of all adoptions that year, or 1 in 8.
This information is based on statistics released by the Department for Education in England, National Records of Scotland and Stats Wales.
Limitations of these statistics
Data reporting on adoptions in England, Scotland and Wales is based on the family information of the adoptive parent(s) – whether the adoptive family is formed of a single man/woman, male/female couple, two men, two women. From this it’s possible to calculate how many same-sex couples adopted in a reporting period.
These figures are likely to be underestimates of how many LGBT+ people have adopted as the data doesn’t capture the sexual orientation or gender identity of adoptive parents, so excludes:
- the number of LGBT+ people who adopt as single adopters
- the number of bisexual people who adopt as part of an opposite-sex relationship
- the number of trans people who adopt as part of an opposite-sex relationship
For more statistics on adoption and fostering by LGBT+ people in Britain, check out our dedicated page.