Lesbian and Gay Fostering and Adoption: Extraordinary, yet ordinary
The first step to applying to adopt or foster a child could be the hardest. There are so many questions you will want answered. You may feel apprehensive or unclear about certain issues at the start of the process.
You are not the only individual or couple who may feel like this
An increasing number of lesbians and gay men in the UK have been recruited in the last few years to become carers and adopters of children in public care. This increase has been helped by a change in the law and there is a real appreciation of the unique strengths and qualities which such individuals possess
There may be myths that surround adoption and fostering by lesbians and gay men
They are simply not true or accurate. Nothing should deter you from offering the love and passion you have to either adopt or foster. It could change a child's life for ever.
Research into children with a lesbian or gay parent showed that there was no effect on their relationship and neither on the child’s socialising or mental health.
Support is available
The following organisations are able to provide direct support.
- Contact a fostering or adoption agency directly. You can arrange a meeting with a social worker. Find your Local Agency.
- If you need further help contact the BAAF advice line.
- Visit the Bookshop for a list of books about lesbian and gay adoption. Four recommended reads to get you started includes The Pink Guide to Adoption for Lesbians and Gay Men, Proud Parents, Becoming Dads and Is it true you have two mums.
Get the real story
Read the shared experiences of gay and lesbian foster carers and adoptive parents.