Adoptions by gay and lesbian couples up by a third

The number of gay and lesbian couples adopting children in the UK has increased by a third in the past four years according to government figures.

 

The statistics show adoptions by same sex couples have risen from 90 to 120 in the four years until March, with a third of those based in London.

 

The announcement follows news of an increase in the number of lesbian couples seeking sperm donors.

 

A rise in the number of same sex parents has led to the implementation of the UK’s first guide for gay parents created by Stonewall. The ‘how to’ guide aimed at those seeking to raise a family, will be launched today at the Alternative Families Show in London.

 

The first of its kind, the show includes more than 20 workshops, 30 stands and advice from 13 specialist agencies, and it is the brainchild of publisher Sarah Garret.

 

Ms Garret told the Evening Standard: “Times are changing and lesbian and gay men are becoming more visible as parents. We need to take into account the changing nature of society. Schools in particular need to, especially when it comes to events like Father’s Day.”

 

In August last year, it was announced that two women could now be named on a child’s birth certificate, while fertility clinics are now prohibited from refusing to help lesbian couples.

 

Earlier this year, PinkPaper.com reported how a Roman Catholic adoption agency in Leeds lost its bid to discriminate against gay people wanting to be parents.

 

Source: Pinkpaper, http://news.pinkpaper.com/NewsStory/4125/23/10/2010/adoptions-by-gay-and-lesbian-couples-up-by-a-third.aspx

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