Words: Jamie Tabberer; picture: Pexels
One in six adoptions in England were to same-sex couples, according to figures published by the Department for Education today.
This is the highest proportion since records began, according to an analysis by LGBTQ adoption and fostering charity New Family Social shows.
Data indicates that of the total number of adoptions in England in 2020 (3,440), some 570 were to same-sex couples.
The figure beats the previous high of 490 in 2019.
Data shows that 170 adoptions were to male married same-sex couples, 170 to female married same-sex couples, 70 to men in civil partnerships and 30 in female civil partnerships.
Then, 120 were to male couples not married or civil partnered, and 60 to female couples not married or civil partnered.
Overall figures for LGBTQ adopted parents are likely much higher, as the Department for Education’s statistics excludes bisexual people not in an opposite-sex relationship, single adopters who are LGBTQ and trans people not in an opposite-sex relationship.
“LGBT+ people can and do provide invaluable parenting"
Reacting to the news, James Lawrence, New Family Social’s Head of Communications & Engagement, told Attitude: "The new statistics are thrilling, as it shows adoption agencies across the UK increasingly feel confident to assess and place children with LGBT+ people. The needs of the child are paramount in every adoption case.
"LGBT+ people bring unique skills that help these vulnerable children navigate their identities and fulfil their potential. Even in these challenging times LGBT+ people are stepping forward in ever greater numbers to build their families."