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.

The annual LGBT Adoption & Fostering Week is a New Family Social initiative. It’s grown year-on-year, reaching millions of potential LGBT parents.

See a snapshot of where NFS has come from, and where we are going

See our subscribing agencies

Who are the people at NFS?