News & Features

Browse the sections on the left for the latest in adoption and fostering, issues specific to LGBT parents, and to get to know our families.


Stefan and John Talk Fostering with Blue Sky

15th January 2018
We are Stefan & John, but everyone calls us Stef & Smiffy. We passed our panel assessment on 28th January 2016 and had our first YP (Young Person) the next day. Since then we have had 3...

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Nexus Fostering Interview Greg and Lee About Foster Care

10th January 2018
  What are your names? G: I am Greg, and I would describe myself as individual in my style and very sociable. L: I am Lee and I enjoy cooking. I’m less sociable and I enjoy stay...

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Blue Sky Fostering continues its relationship with Duke of Edinburgh

4th January 2018
Blue Sky Fostering continues its relationship with Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) as the first independent fostering agency in the UK to provide access to DofE activities for looked-after children. On 4...

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Free childcare to be extended to foster carers (Children & Young People Now)

21st December 2017
Foster carers are to become eligible for 30 hours free childcare, children’s minister Robert Goodwill has confirmed. Speaking in a House of Commons debate on the issue, Goodwill said that the g...

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Adoptions by same-sex couples in England drop for first time since 2011

7th December 2017
New figures published today – 7 December – by the Department for Education show there were 420 adoptions by same-sex couples in England in 2016/17, a decrease from 450 in 2016. This is the first ...

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LGBT Adoption & Fostering Week 2018

5th December 2017
New Family Social's LGBT Adoption & Fostering Week campaign returns from 5-11 March, 2018. This year's theme is '10 Good Reasons'. More information will be announced shortly. Alternative...

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LGBT parents’ parental identity (Research request)

27th November 2017
Elisabeth Sandler, from the University of Cambridge, is keen to talk to first-time LGBT parents currently on parental leave. Elisabeth is working on research into how parents - particularly LGBT par...

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Report says 20% of siblings taken into care are split up (BBC News)

22nd November 2017
A report finds that 20% of sibling groups were split up because of difficulty finding suitable places.   Almost 20 per cent of sibling groups in Scotland taken into care were split up because o...

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Same-sex couples help relieve strain on adoption system (The Times)

22nd November 2017
Same-sex couples now play an increasingly significant role in adopting vulnerable children as local authorities struggle to find homes for children in the care system. Applications for adoption ord...

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Adoptive fathers sought for new research

15th November 2017
I am seeking adoptive fathers to interview about their experience of becoming a father through adoption. This is for a clinical psychology doctoral thesis in affiliation with the University of East Lo...

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