LGBT in Gloucestershire? You could make a real difference and parent a local child


Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people are being urged to consider adoption and fostering during the seventh national LGBT Adoption & Fostering Week, which runs from 5th to 11th March.

More LGBT adopters and foster carers are needed to provide loving, stable homes for children in Gloucestershire, particularly for those over four years old and sibling groups. Only one in 10 adoptions in England in 2017 were to same-sex couples, but over 70,000 children are in care.

Now in its seventh year, LGBT Adoption & Fostering Week is organised by New Family Social, a charity that supports LGBT adopters and foster carers across the UK.

Tor Docherty, chief executive at New Family Social, said: “Record numbers of LGBT people now adopt or foster. Despite this, YouGov polling shows many believe they’ll be discriminated against by agencies, with eight in ten lesbian, gay and bisexual people expecting to face barriers if they apply to become foster parents.

“We’re delighted that Gloucestershire County Council is supporting the week and trying to encourage more LGBT people to explore adoption or foster caring.”

Nick G and Nick W from Gloucester are a same-sex couple in their forties who have been together for eight years. They have been fostering primary school aged children for Gloucestershire County Council since 2016. They said: “People shouldn’t be under the illusion that it will be more difficult for same sex couples to successfully become foster carers.

“This was the illusion we were under when we initially applied, but we went ahead and were delighted to realise that this would have no bearing on our application. We have been encouraged as a same sex couple throughout the application process leading up to becoming foster carers and beyond.”

Cllr Richard Boyles, cabinet member for children and young people at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “We know from experience that LGBT people often come to adoption and fostering with an open mind and real enthusiasm – it’s often their first choice for growing their family. Many children waiting to be adopted or fostered have had a very chaotic start to life, and we’ve seen them thrive with their new parents.

“You can be single, over 40 and you don’t need to own your own home to consider foster caring or adoption. We need people with stability, love and resourcefulness who can who can help a child with whatever needs they may have.”

You can find more information on fostering and adoption at