LGBTQ+ people from ethnically diverse backgrounds called to adopt

Children from ethnically diverse backgrounds among those waiting the longest for placements LGBTQ+ people in the UK from minoritised ethnic groups are being called on to consider adopting or fostering this March. Social workers can struggle to find appropriate adoption and fostering placements for looked after children from ethnically diverse backgrounds. Too few approved adopters and foster carers share the same culture and heritage as these vulnerable children.

LGBTQ+ Adoption and Fostering Week returns today – Monday 4 March 2024 – to encourage more LGBTQ+ people to consider exploring these routes to parenting.

In England, in 2023 there were 83,840 looked after children. Three in 10 of these children – 29 per cent – were from minoritised ethnic groups. While 1 in 5 adoptions in England in 2023 were to same-gender couples, the need for more adoption and fostering applicants is both great and urgent.

This LGBTQ+ Adoption and Fostering Week, agencies across the UK want to hear from any LGBTQ+ people interested in either route to forming their family. Throughout the week a number of events will take place. These include an informative webinar featuring LGBTQ+ people from minoritised ethnic groups who’ve adopted or fostered.

There’s also free training for applicants and professionals on how to prepare LGBTQ+ people for transracial adoption or fostering.

Tor Docherty, New Family Social Chief Executive said:

“LGBTQ+ potential applicants from minoritised ethnic groups should count themselves in as potential adopters or foster carers, not rule themselves out. In an ideal world, every looked-aJer child would find a placement with a family that shared their culture and heritage. Where this can’t happen, agencies must work hard to help LGBTQ+ applicants to understand how to meet their child’s culture and
heritage needs.”

LGBTQ+ Adoption and Fostering Week is led by New Family Social – the UK’s peer-support charity for LGBTQ+ adopters, foster carers and special guardians. The campaign – unique in the country – brings together LGBTQ+ potential applicants with adoption and fostering agencies.

When it started in 2012, adoptions in England by same-gender couples stood at 1 in 31. In 2023, the proportion was 1 in 5. The campaign this March is supported by some 120 adoption and fostering agencies from across the UK.

You can follow LGBTQ+ Adoption and Fostering Week online and through Instagram
(@newfamilysocial) and Facebook (@newfamilysocial).