1 in 8 adoptions in England are by same-sex couples
One in eight adoptions in England are now to same-sex couples, according to stats released this week.
“LGBT+ people are more likely to consider adopting children that can be seen as ‘harder to place’—because of factors such as their age or if they have special needs.”
— Tor Docherty, New Family Social
3,820 children were adopted in England in 2018.
Of those, 450 were adopted by same-sex couples, amounting to 12 percent of children, or one in eight.
The total number of children adopted has fallen has fallen by nearly 30 percent since 2015, declining from 5,360 to 3.820.
However, the number of same-sex adoptions has remained stable at around 450 per year.
Same-sex adoptions are more common, stats show
Tor Docherty of New Family Social told PinkNews: “LGBT+ people can bring fantastic parenting skills to their adopted children. We’re thrilled to see agencies consistently recognising that LGBT+ people pay a key role in helping transform the lives of our most vulnerable children.”
New Family Social, a peer support charity for LGBT+ adopters and foster carers, added: “We know from snapshot research that LGBT+ people are more likely to consider adopting children that can be seen as ‘harder to place’ – because of factors such as their age or if they have special needs – which can make it easier for social services to match vulnerable children with potential parents.”
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