Adoptions by same-sex couples in England drop for first time since 2011
New figures published today – 7 December – by the Department for Education show there were 420 adoptions by same-sex couples in England in 2016/17, a decrease from 450 in 2016. This is the first time adoptions by same-sex couples have fallen since 2010/11.
While adoptions by same-sex couples fell in 2017, so too did the total number of adoptions – from 4,710 to 4,350 – which means that the proportion of adoptions by same-sex couples remains static at 1 in 10.
Tor Docherty, Chief Executive of New Family Social, said: ‘It’s disappointing to see this fall in the number of adoptions to same-sex couples. It’s key that the needs of children being adopted remain paramount in the adoption process and that the full range of potential parents is considered. We strongly urge adoption agencies to further their efforts to encourage more LGBT people to consider adoption and fostering and to engage with our Improving LGBT Adoption project that’s currently running.’
For more information on adoption or fostering in the UK if you’re LGBT visit: http://www.newfamilysocial.org.uk