New figures published today by the Department for Education show adoptions by same-sex couples accounted for 9.6 per cent of all adoptions in England in 2016. This was a rise from 8.4 per cent in 2015 and is the highest proportion of all adoptions in the country to date. The total number of adoptions by same-sex couples remained static at 450, but with the total number of adoptions falling by 670 in 2016, this means the proportion of adoptions by same-sex couples has increased.
While the actual number of adoptions in England by same-sex couples in 2016 retains its peak at 450, there is mixed news in Wales and Scotland. In Wales the number of adoptions by same-sex couples dropped by a third in 2016, to 20. In Scotland there was an increase in 2015, rising to 22 from 17.
Welcoming the news, Tor Docherty, Chief Executive of New Family Social, said: ‘Although the total number of adoptions fell in England in 2016 it’s heartening to see that agencies continue to consider and successfully place children for adoption with same-sex couples. It’s key in every adoption case that the needs of the child remain paramount and that agencies consider the full range of potential parents.’
If you’re LGBT and interested in adoption you can watch films of real-life LGBT adopters at http://www.newfamilysocial.org.uk/resources/meet-the-family/lgbt-adopters-speak/ LGBT Adoption & Fostering Week takes place 6-12 March 2017.