We are a self-help membership organisation formed in 2007, out of a need for LGBT adopters and foster carers to support each other, and to give our children the confidence of knowing other families like theirs.
From January 2006 unmarried couples, including same-sex couples, have been able to adopt jointly in England and Wales. Soon after this change, a group of adopters and foster carers identified several areas of need, out of which NFS grew.
We have come a long way. NFS is now a registered charity working closely with adoption and fostering agencies across the UK. Our income comes mostly from over 180 adoption and fostering agencies which provide support for their families though a subscription to NFS.
New Family Social purely focuses on supporting LGBT adopters and foster carers and LGBT people who are considering growing their family through these routes. This is for many reasons including:
- LGBT people continue to have a high expectation of discrimination – specifically because of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity – when using these services
- anecdotal evidence suggests that while the proportion of LGBT adopters has significantly increased, discrimination still occurs
- good practice in social work develops over time, but some negative attitudes and behaviours remain entrenched
The annual LGBT Adoption & Fostering Week is a New Family Social initiative. It’s grown year-on-year, reaching millions of potential LGBT parents.