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Join us at our Adoption Information Event on Thursday, 7th July...

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  • The Adoption Process
  • Types of Adoption
  • Preparing for Adoption
  • FAQs
  • Adopter Stories
  • The Children
  • Ask the Adopter
  • Being an Adoptive Parent
  • LGBTQ+ Adoption
  • Early Permanence
  • Support and eLearning
  • Pre-Adoption
  • Post-Adoption
  • Adoption Support Fund
  • Education Support
  • Life Story Book
  • Training
  • Talking About Adoption
  • Support for Adopted Children
  • Support for Adopted Adults
  • Support for Birth Families
  • Adoption Support Training Hub
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LGBTQ+ adoption

Let's put it out there. Family Adoption Links wholeheartedly encourage applications from the LGBTQ+ community. No matter your gender identity or sexual orientation, whether you’re in a couple or applying as a single person, we have a huge amount of experience advising, assessing and supporting people like you to achieve the family they have dreamed of.

In 2020, 1 in 6 adoptions were to same-sex couples so you’ll be glad to know that you’re not on your own. Wherever you are on the spectrum and whether you’re married, living together or single, the important thing for us is provide safe, secure and loving families for vulnerable children.

Despite the law changing way back in 2005, some people still think being gay is a barrier to becoming an adoptive parent and we want to make sure you know that is definitely not the case.

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Smashing misconceptions

Children thrive in same sex families – Bullying and confusion over their gender identity are just some of the issues that people thought children adopted by same sex couples would encounter but in fact, studies suggest that same-sex families are thriving and they score particularly well in assessments of family relationships, parental wellbeing and child adjustment.

Another misconception is that the parent-child bond may not be as strong however research published by CoramBAAF actually suggests that gay fathers show greater levels of interaction with their child than other types of parents.

Did you know?

If you choose to adopt through Family Adoption Links, you will also be given free membership to New Family Social. This proactive organisation provides dedicated support, training, forums and events for LGBTQ+ adopters.

New Family Social
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We were lucky enough to welcome our second child with Family Adoption Links earlier this year. As with any adoption we have had our challenges but the process has run very smoothly and the social workers have supported us very well throughout.

Jane and Susan