LGBT Adoption & Fostering Week 2018: 10 Good Reasons

New Family Social’s LGBT Adoption & Fostering Week campaign returns from 5-11 March, 2018. This year’s theme is ’10 Good Reasons’, two of which will be released every day of the first five days of the campaign.

We’re thrilled that record numbers of adoption and foster care agencies are joining us and supporting the campaign this year.




Free information events in London and Manchester

During the campaign there’s a number of information sessions taking place where you can find out more.

New Family Social will hold two free information seminars on 8 March specifically for LGBT people considering adoption or fostering.

London information seminar bookings are now open on Eventbrite.

Manchester information seminar bookings are now open on Eventbrite.

You can also find out details of other information seminars taking place around the country – organised by agencies that welcome LGBT applicants – on our dedicated events site.


LGBT Adoption & Fostering Week – information for agencies

If you’re an adoption or foster care agency in the UK you can support LGBT adoption & fostering week in 2018 in many different ways. For NFS member agencies this includes using tailored graphics on your social media, holding events specifically for LGBT potential adopters or foster carers and profiling the work you’ve already done with LGBT people.

You can also show your support for the week by sharing New Family Social’s 10 Good Reasons through your social media channels. Find out more on the LGBT Adoption & Fostering Week site.


Films and podcasts for LGBT Adoption & Fostering Week


New for 2018 – What’s it really like to adopt if you’re LGBT? Four adopters share their experiences of adopting from across England. Kindly supported by First4Adoption.


Alex – a trans man – talks about the impact of adopting and why trans people should consider it, for LGBT Adoption & Fostering Week.

There are also more short films featuring LGBT adopters elsewhere on this website. Or, alternatively check out these case studies of LGBT foster carer case studies.



LGBT Adoption & Fostering Week – why it takes place

In 2017 there are some 72,670 looked after children in England alone, an increase of 3 per cent on 2016. Lesbian, gay, bi and trans people now form a significant proportion of adopters and foster carers in Britain –  with 1 in 8 adoptions in Wales and 1 in 10 adoptions in England in 2017 being to same-sex couples. However, there remains an urgent need for more foster carers and adopters across Britain. Research consistently shows that LGBT people in the country frequently expect to be discriminated against in the adoption and foster care approval process because of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

The campaign – the only one in Britain to solely focus on encouraging LGBT people to explore their adoption and fostering options – reached some 33 million people in 2016. Since the campaign started there has been record growth in the number of LGBT people being approved to adopt and foster. But the need for a diverse range of adopters and foster carers continues to grow.


Want to know more about LGBT Adoption & Fostering Week?

Please contact James Lawrence – / 0843 2899 457 option 3.

Published in News & media round-up NFS news on December 5, 2017