New Family Social training for agencies

It’s important for practitioners and panel members to be aware of the differences that LGBT+ people bring to adoption and fostering, and the outcomes for children placed with LGBT+ carers, in order that they can assess, prepare and support LGBT+ people effectively and meet their agency’s legal duties.

New Family Social offers one day courses – interactive and full of genuinely useful information – that’ll influence the way agencies target and work with LGBT+ community and make sure participants understand their legal duties. We can provide off-the-peg and bespoke training packages for agencies. Please contact us about bespoke courses.


Courses for member agencies

Understanding LGBT+ adoption and fostering (1 day Course)

An interactive course covering the law, LGBT+ experiences, LGBT+ parenting, and all
relevant research. For around 20 practitioners or panel members.

Transgender adoption and fostering (1 day course)

Aimed at social workers and other agency staff, or at panel members, this course covers transgender and other gender identities, and adoption and fostering. Participants will learn:

  • what these terms mean
  • the law including additional privacy rights
  • what language to use
  • how to assess thoroughly and fairly and how to approach approval and matching.

For around 20 practitioners or panel members.

Courses for larger groups and one-day conferences (1 day course)

NFS can run events for larger groups of 40 participants or more.


Quick Guides: two to three hour sessions

Two-to-three-hour sessions covering the basics of LGBT+ adoption and fostering, or
transgender adoptions and fostering. Ideal for panels and bespoke sessions can be arranged.


For more information please contact Tor Docherty  or call 07867 595 554 to discuss these options, pricing, etc.


In addition to the training courses offered by New Family Social, the charity has also provided training to Adoptionplus, to enable that organisation to offer training interventions specifically to LGBT+ adoptive parents.