Renfrewshire Council

LGBTQ+ people encouraged to adopt and foster children

People of any sexuality and gender are being encouraged to consider if they could adopt or foster children as part of a national campaign, LGBTQ+ Adoption and Fostering Week.

The recruitment campaign is the only one in the UK solely focusing on encouraging LGBTQ+ people to consider both adoption and fostering as routes to building their families.

In Scotland in 2022, there were more than 12,000 children who were adopted, in foster care or supported care; and one in 12 adoptions in Scotland were to same-gender couples.

There is a continued need for more people to register their interest in adopting or becoming a foster carer.

Anyone has the potential to adopt or become a foster carer if they are over 21, have space in their home for a child, and are in good health. See information on adoption and fostering.

LGBTQ+ Adoption and Fostering Week is led by New Family Social—the UK's peer-support charity for LGBTQ+ adopters and foster carers.

News article published on Thursday 7 March 2024.