National Adoption Week 2013

Publish Date: 28/10/2013

National Adoption Week takes place between the 4th and the 10th of November each year, and was founded to highlight the 4,000 children currently waiting to find an adoptive family.

LGB&T adoption and fostering week, organised by New Family Social, is series of events around the UK for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people interested in adoption or fostering, taking place 3rd – 9th March 2014.

Your Legal Rights

In November 2002, the Adoption and Children Act passed into law and for the first time allowed unmarried couples, including same-sex couples, to apply for joint adoption. The Adoption and Children Act came into effect on 30 December 2005

In addition, since 2007 laws have been in place, which make it unlawful for providers of goods and services, including adoption and fostering services to discriminate against people because of their sexual orientation. This law continues to be enforced under the Equality Act 2010.

According to BAAF 4% (160) of children were adopted by same sex couples (either in a civil partnership or not) during the year ending 31st March 2012, up from 3% (100) children in the previous year.

The Global Picture

Unfortunately in the majority of countries around the world, same sex couples don’t have the right to adopt. Currently gay adoption is legal in 14 countries around the world, with much of Europe supporting the rights of same sex couples and their right to adopt.

South Africa is the only African nation to recognise the legal status of same sex couples, and gives them the same legal rights as heterosexual couples.

In the US, the majority of states do not legally allow for same-sex couples to adopt.

Single Adopters

Adoption is not just for couples! Single people, including those who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual can also adopt.

Read one gay man’s experiences of adopting as a single parent here.

Families that Last, a Manchester-based adoption agency, features Jennifer, a single lesbian adopter’s story here

Events for National Adoption Week

We contacted adoption agencies around the North West to see what events were happening for people to find out more about adoption. We'll be updating this as we hear about more events.


Thursday 7 November – Caritas Care are hosting a ‘Meet our Adopter’ event on Thursday 7 November (12pm – 2pm) at 9 Springfield Road, Sale M33 7XS.

You can meet our families who have been through the adoption process as well as our experienced and helpful adoption team. As an Agency we are committed to finding permanent homes for the increasing numbers of children awaiting adoption in the UK.  We recognise that all children are individual and unique and therefore we hope to find families from a range of different backgrounds to meet these children’s needs.

If you are unable to come along, you can call us instead and ask to speak to a member of our team; alternatively, our adoption information pack is available for you download from our website or by calling  0800 652 6955. 


20th November - Hosting an open evening on Wednesday 20 November for anyone interested in adoption. An informal event to give people the opportunity to meet the team, find out about the process, and watch their new DVD featuring Salford  adopters. There is usually an adopter there to talk to as well. If you are interested in attending and want more details? Call 0161 799 1268 or email


7th November - Manchester City Council are hosting an Adoption Information Evening on 7th November at the Etihad Stadium (5:30pm - 9:00pm). You will get the chance to meet adoption workers as well as other families that have been through the adoption process. You can also find out more about the support they give and how they help adopted children to settle into their new life. For further info

Families that Last are hosting Exploring Adoption Events in Manchester on the following dates:

Thursday 7th November, 12:30 - 7pm and Friday 15th November, 12 - 6pm at  Britannia Country House Hotel, Didsbury, M20 2WG.

Wednesday 6th November, 1 - 7pm  - A special BME community event at Z - arts, 335 Stretford Road, Hulme, M15 5ZA 

These events are drop in with an opportunity to find out about the process of adoption, speak with one of the qualified social workers and view the profiles of children who are currently waiting for families.  Find out about other events happening around Manchester, Merseyside and Leeds by visiting or call 0300 456 2656.

Where to get Support

  • New Family Social is a network for LGBT adoptive and foster families in the UK.
  • BAAF – The British Association for Adoption & Fostering. They also produce a ‘Pink Guide’ for adoption.
  • Adoption UK -  An adoption support charity covering the UK.
  • Caritas Care has been offering adoption services since 1943 and fostering since 1998 in and around the Lancashire area.