LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week 2013

Publish Date: 30/01/2013

LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week 2013: 4 – 10 March 

This is the second annual LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week. Across the UK, agencies are looking for more adopters and foster carers from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities, and they would love to tell you more about it at an event near you.

Your Rights

As of 2002, the Adoption and Children Act legislated for the first time to enable unmarried couples, including same-sex couples, to apply for joint adoption as long as an ‘enduring family relationship’ had been established.

The Adoption and Children Act came into effect on 30 December 2005.

Under the previously mentioned Equality Act 2010, it is unlawful for providers of goods and services – including adoption and fostering services - to discriminate against people because of their sexual orientation.

For more rights on same sex parenting click here.

Adoption Stories

Matt, 42, adopted Sam aged 4 ; “As a single gay man in my early 40s, many of my gay male friends encouraged me to think about adoption. I had always wanted to be a Dad and I spent a lot of time with my nephew, aged nine. I would take him to Beaver Scouts, boxing and taekwondo, as well as swimming classes and days out."

Karen, 47 adopted Lucy aged 5; "I’d reached a point in life where to me, it seemed like adoption was the natural next step. I had turned 40, had a secure home and job, as well as a great network of friends and thought, ‘why not?’"

Read more Adpotion Stories here.

Events Near You

Last year attendees heard from other LGBT people who formed families through adoption and fostering, learnt about the children who need families, the process, and how adoption & fostering has changed people’s lives. To find out more visit

We’ll be hosting an event here at The LGF on Thursday 7th March; 7- 9pm; at Number 5 Richmond Street; Manchester; M1 3HF