LGBT Adoption & Fostering Week is an annual initiative supported by Barnado’s and After Adoption. The idea is to provide advice and support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people who are looking to foster.

2015’s event took place Monday March 2 to Sunday March 8. It was a record breaking year, involving 90 agencies across the UK, 55 awareness raising events, and over 30 articles appearing in such publications as the Guardian, and media partners Pink News.

On top of that, the week’s hashtag, #LGBT2015, was seen by an estimated 9.4 million Twitter users, whilst famous supporters included Alan Cumming, Brooke Vincent, Lorraine Pascale, and Miss Dynamite.

Since a change of law in 2005, the number of children adopted by LGBT couples in the UK has tripled, which means that more children than ever before now have the chance to receive the love and support they need.

In the 10 years since the law was passed, a total of 1,313 children have been adopted or fostered by LGBT couples in England, Wales, and Scotland.

Children and Families Minister Edward Timpson expressed his admiration for the “selfless dedication” demonstrated by the LGBT community to vulnerable children.

Advice and Support for LGBT Couples Looking to Foster

Although LGBT Adoption & Fostering Week only takes place once a year, LGBT couples looking to foster or adopt can still use the initiatives website to access a wealth of resources all year round.

Special events for the LGBT community take place across the country throughout the year. Simply use the map provided to find out what’s going on in your local area.

For more information about LGBT fostering, or for any additional support and advice on how to become a foster carer, please don’t hesitate to get in touch or call us on 0345 057 3845.