According to a study of children in foster care by the Department for Education in the United Kingdom, the number of English same-sex couples adopting children has doubled in just the last few years, rising from 3 percent in 2009 to 6 percent in 2013.
First4Adoption, an organization dedicated to providing information for potential adoptive parents in England, said in a press release that they are “urging more lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and trans (LGBT) people to consider adopting one of the more than 6,000 children still waiting to be adopted in England.”
The group’s Head of Service, Gemma Gordon-Johnson, is quoted as saying, “Adoption offers LGBT people an excellent way to create a family and recent government reforms mean that it is now much quicker and easier to adopt than before—the approval process takes just six months.
“However, we still need more LGBT people to come forward to find out more about adopting one of the many thousands of boys and girls still waiting for a loving family.
“We know that 1 in 7 (or 4 million) people in England would consider adopting, so we urge LGBT people not to be put off by myths about who can adopt…and to get in touch with us.”
One barrier that may be keeping many would-be parents from adopting or fostering children is misconceptions about who is allowed to. A study by Research by Action for Children and New Family Social showed that 36 percent of United Kingdom residents believe that being LGBT is considered an issue, and the figure in Scotland is even higher, at 53 percent.
Additionally, societal attitudes proved to remain a considerable problem, with one in four respondents saying they had been told they weren’t fit to be a parent—and many of the comments came from family members.
To encourage more LGBT people to look into adoption, March 3-9 has been declared “LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week” in the UK, with events planned to take place all over the nation. More information can be found here.