LGBT+ people are being encouraged to consider adoption this LGBT+ Adoption and Fostering Week, which begins today (Monday 7 March 2022).

Adoption@Heart, the Regional Adoption Agency for the Black Country, is backing the national campaign which returns for its 10th year and runs until Sunday (13 March). It calls for LGBT+ people to #BeTheChange and consider either adoption or fostering as a route to parenting.

LGBT+ adopters created the campaign to raise awareness and drive change, following statistics that one in 31 adoptions in England were to same sex couples – in 2021, the figure stood at one in six.

New Family Social, which founded Adoption and Fostering Week, provides support to people from the LGBT+ community going through the adoption and fostering process. It works directly with its members and agencies to find families for children in care.

Mark Tobin, Head of Service at Adoption@Heart said: “We are proud to be members of New Family Social and to be supporting the 2022 campaign to encourage more LGBT+ people to come forward and find out about adoption.
“Adopters come from all walks of life and all applications are welcome and will be treated equally.

“Adoption@Heart will always encourage enquiries from LGBT+ people - if you're interested in finding out more or feel ready to start your adoption journey, call us today.”

Anyone can adopt, whether they are single, living together, married, a same sex couple, in employment or not working, or already have children or not. Potential adopters must legally be a UK resident and have been so for at least 12 months, as well as being aged 21 or over. They should have a spare bedroom and be able to provide a stable home for a child until adulthood and beyond.

The Adoption and Children Act 2002 gave unmarried couples, including same sex couples, the right to adopt. It became law in December 2005. LGBT+ couples don’t need to be in a civil partnership or married to adopt and single adopters are also welcome, whatever their gender or sexual orientation.

For more information on LGBT+ Adoption & Fostering Week visit New Family Social.

Adoption@Heart continue to run virtual information sessions every two weeks and are the perfect place for those who are ready to start their adoption journey or would like more information.

Future event dates are available here which include details on how to book your place via Eventbrite at Adoption@Heart.

For more information call 01902 553818 or email