Research from New Family Social reveals that LGBTQI couples currently family-finding are facing huge struggles 


According to brand new research conducted by New Family Social, the UK’s charity for LGBTQI adopters and foster carers, 28% of LGBTQI adopters currently waiting to be matched with a child say that their sexual orientation has been a barrier in the approval process. Similarly, 16% of LGBTQI people currently being assessed for adoption approval say that their sexual orientation is a barrier. 

The research looked at 153 LGBTQI parents and carers from across the UK. One lesbian adoption applicant, currently family-finding, said: “We’re a lesbian couple and have been told that where there are lots of couples expressing interest in a boy, we are less likely to be chosen, because family finders will want a male adopter. We’ve also been turned down twice so far with the reason given that the children (both girls) have a close relationship with their male foster carer so need a male adopter.”

Over 50% of LGBTQI adoptive parent respondents also report seeking post-adoption support in the past year, with one in four saying they’ve done so in the past three months. Of these, 44% report that their agency responds to direct requests for support within five working days. However, 9.2% report that their agency rarely responds to direct requests for support. 

Tor Docherty, Chief Executive of New Family Social, said: “While one in seven adoptions in England in 2019 were to same-sex couples, this doesn’t mean all LGBT+ people find the adoption and fostering assessment processes smooth and without incident. In 2020 it’s unacceptable if a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity is used to justify discriminating against them. The needs of a vulnerable child should always be paramount in every case, not the preconceptions of decision makers.”

A summary of the report is available from New Family Social’s website.

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