Number of adoptions in Scotland by same-sex couples stalls in 2017
New figures published by National Records of Scotland show that while the total number of adoptions in the country grew to 543 in 2017, there was no increase in the number of adoptions by same-sex couples. Thirty adoptions in Scotland were to same-sex couples last year, the same as in 2016.
Across the rest of Britain the situation is different. In Wales the number of adoptions in 2017 to same-sex couples doubled to 40 and represented 1 in 8 of all adoptions. While the number of adoptions by same-sex couples in England fell in 2017, there were some 350 fewer adoptions in total, meaning the proportion remained the same.
Tor Docherty, chief executive of New Family Social, said: ‘While it’s disappointing to see no increase in the number of adoptions in Scotland by same-sex couples, we’ve been pleased to see agencies in the country work hard in 2018 to encourage more LGBT+ people to explore parenting. If you are LGBT+ you can adopt or foster and help transform children’s lives. In any adoption case the needs of the child are paramount and LGBT+ people are a vital part of the pool of potential parents for these children.’