New Family Social Adoption Survey (2016)

 

Siblings report front cover

 

In late 2015 New Family Social carried out a snapshot survey of NFS members across the UK.

 

The survey explored LGBT people’s experiences of adoption and the factors that go into deciding whether (or not) to adopt more than one child.

 

393 of our LGBT members responded – 103 responses (26 per cent) were from members who’d adopted or been placed with a sibling group.

 

11 responses (3 per cent) were from members who’d adopted siblings in separate adoptions.

 

Key Findings

  • 3 in 4 NFS members (76 per cent) actively considered – or are considering – adopting a sibling group.
  • 1 in 4 (27 per cent) were discouraged from adopting siblings – by social workers, at panel, or by their friends/family.

Of those who considered adopting a sibling group but weren’t matched with one:

6 out of 10 (55 per cent) members willing to parent siblings were matched with a single child first

 

What are LGBT people’s main concerns about adopting a sibling group?

  • 4 in 10 (35 per cent) were concerned about meeting the needs of multiple children
  • 2 in 10 (18 per cent) were concerned about receiving the support they need
  • 1 in 10 (16 per cent) were concerned they couldn’t afford it

Of those who did not consider adopting a sibling group:

  • 3 in 10 (27 per cent) said they didn’t have enough bedrooms/space in their house
  • 1 in 10 (10 per cent) said it was because of financial reasons
  • 1 in 10 (9 per cent) said they wanted just one child

 

Download: Strength in  Numbers: LGBT people on adopting siblings