Step back in time(line)…



  • Over 150 New Family Social members and their children march at the front of the Pride in London parade and win the ‘Best Walking Group’ award, given to the walking group that celebrates LGBT+ life, fights for equality and challenges prejudice and was the most creative and interactive while marching.
  • New Family Social changes its remit to represent LGBT+ people



  • The LGBT Adoption & Fostering Week campaign reaches over 30 million people as a vigorous online effort brings celebrities, agencies and LGBT people together
  • New Family Social is shortlisted for the LGBT Community Organisation Award at the National Diversity Awards
  • Membership of New Family Social by LGBT people passes 3,700
  • Some 73 agencies and 476 social workers received training from New Family Social, to help them improve their policies and practice when working with LGBT people



  • New Family Social secures funding from the Department for Education to deliver training to adoption workers in England to make their policies and practices more accessible for LGBT adopters
  • Number of adoptions in England to same-sex couples rises to 1 in 10



  • New posts responsible for volunteer management and communications are established





  • Development work starts on the first New Family Social Magazine
  • Tor Docherty replaces Andy Leary-May as chief executive, as he moves on to found Adoption Link


  • The first LGBT Adoption & Fostering Week takes place to increase awareness of these parenting options among LGBT people
  • An IT and operations post is introduced, alongside new web and online systems


  • New Family Social secures charitable status
  • The first annual summer camp – for LGBT adopters, foster carers and their children takes place
  • Regional coordinator volunteers start organising meet-ups across the UK
  • Memberships and Finance officer post begins, to manage the paperwork and processes as the charity grows





  • Established as an email distribution list of LGBT people who were known to have adopted


  • New Family Social becomes more formally organised, with a steering committee


  • Agencies as well as individual LGBT adopters and foster carers could become members of the organisation