At Adopters for Adoption we’re committed to seeing the potential in all applicants and we actively encourage enquiries from a diverse range of people. We don’t make our decisions based on marital status, ethnicity, culture, age, health, disability, sexual orientation or religious beliefs but on your ability to offer a loving, stable home. You need to be able to stick by your adoptive child through the good times and the bad. You need to support and love them and help them overcome their troubled backgrounds, make sense of who they are and grow up to be safe and secure.
The Adoption and Children Act 2002
A change in law in allowed adoption orders to be granted to unmarried couples including same sex couples. Since that time, adoption agencies have been able to openly recruit and assess LGBT+ individuals and couples. Since then, there are now many more LGBT+ adopters and the numbers continue to increase year upon year. The UK is now one of the world leaders in this respect, with 1 in 6 Adoptions in England in 2020 from same-sex couples! Find out more about how adoptions by same-sex couples has quadrupled since the law change.
Adopters for Adoption are looking for LGBT+ adopters
We’re committed to seeing the potential in all applicants and we actively encourage enquiries from a diverse range of people. We don’t make our decisions based on marital status, ethnicity, culture, age, health, disability, sexual orientation or religious beliefs. Decisions are made on your ability to offer a loving, stable home for an adopted child.
LGBT Adoption Advantages
There are many benefits of LGBT+ adoption. Interestingly, encouraging research from a UK study looking into parenting by lesbian and gay adopters has helped to dispel myths showing that:
- The quality of parent-child relationships is just the same when children are adopted by lesbian or gay couples compared to heterosexual couples.
- Children’s psychological development and wellbeing is just the same when children are adopted by lesbian or gay couples compared to heterosexual couples.
- Lesbian and gay adopters are more likely (than heterosexual adopters) to have come to adoption as their first choice.
- Many gay couples — certainly those offering themselves as adoptive parents — form relationships that are more stable than many heterosexual marriages, thus giving adopted children a secure emotional home.
- Lesbian and gay adopters felt well equipped to help children deal with difference and that children would have advantages growing up of being tolerant of difference in others.
- Adopted children of lesbian and gay parents don’t experience greater problems at school and in peer relationships compared to children of heterosexual parents, and bullying and teasing is rare.
LGBT+ adoptions also give the child a chance to see what it is to overcome adversity. Unfortunately, life always comes with challenges. A LGBT+ adoption gives the child a foundation of what it means to overcome adversity from their parents’ own experiences. The goal of any adoptive parent should always be the safety and happiness of a child. Another goal is to give the child the tools they need to succeed in life. In addition, it has been proven that children raised in LGBT+ homes tend to be more open-minded. This allows the child to be more open-minded towards themselves and the people around them. Find out about further benefits of LGBT+ adoption.
People from all backgrounds and nationalities can adopt – whether you are single or married, male or female, a homeowner or renting, straight, lesbian, gay, transgender or bisexual, it doesn’t matter.
When it comes to adoption requirements in the UK, Adopters for Adoption have just three criteria that need to be met to be considered for adoption. You need to:
- be at least 21 years old
- be living in the British Islands
- not to have been convicted or cautioned for certain criminal offences
We simply base our decisions on your ability to offer a loving, stable home to an adopted child. At the end of the day, you need to be able to stick by your adoptive child through the good times and the bad. You need to support and love them and help them overcome their troubled backgrounds, make sense of who they are and grow up to be safe and secure.
Find out more about the requirements for adoption in the UK.
Same sex adoption process
After receiving your initial enquiry, we’ll send you an information pack, or alternatively you can simply download the information pack from our website. If you then wish to proceed with Adopters for Adoption, let us know and we’ll send you a Registration of Interest (ROI) form. Once this form has been accepted and approved by one of our social workers, you will be able to take the first steps towards adoption.
As you enter Stage 1 of the adoption process, your social worker will work with you to develop personalised plans for preparation training and assessment. At this point, we will also need your consent to allow us to make a number of checks such as DBS checks, references from local authorities (social services), your mortgage provider or landlord, employer, personal references and a full medical check. These checks are carried out to ensure you are able to provide a safe and stable home for a child.
During the Stage 2 of the adoption process, your social worker will explore your life story and family history. If you have children at home, the social worker will also need to get to know them and understand how they feel about adoption. A Prospective Adopters Report (PAR) will then be completed by your social worker and will be presented to the adoption panel. The adoption panel will consider the information provided will make a recommendation to the Agency Decision Maker (ADM) about whether you’re suitable to adopt.
When you become an approved adopter, we’ll start looking for a child or children, who would fit well with you and your family. This is called ‘matching’. Your social worker will support you in looking at profiles and expressing an interest in a child or sibling group, whose needs you feel you can meet.
Read more about the adoption process provided by Adopters for Adoption. https://www.adoptersforadoption.com/how-to-adopt/
Enquire about LGBT adoption
If you’re looking to adopt a baby or child, or simply want more information then contact us today.