New Family Social’s LGBTQ+ Adoption and Fostering Week returns from Monday, March 4, to encourage more LGBTQ+ people to consider exploring these routes to parenting.

In England in 2023 there were 83,840 looked-after children. 1 in 5 adoptions in England in 2023 were to same-gender couples.

This LGBTQ+ Adoption and Fostering Week, Herefordshire Council wants to hear from any LGBTQ+ people interested in either route to forming their family.

Darryl Freeman, Director for Children and Young People, said: “Herefordshire Council encourages members of the LGBTQ+ community to consider fostering and adoption. We aim to recruit a group of carers who reflect the diversity of our society, and who can meet the needs of our children. 

Tor Docherty, New Family Social Chief Executive said: ‘LGBTQ+ potential applicants should count themselves in as potential adopters or foster carers, not rule themselves out. In an ideal world every looked-after child would find a placement with a family that shared their culture and heritage. Where this can’t happen, agencies must work hard to help LGBTQ+ applicants to understand how to meet their child’s culture and heritage needs.’

For more information about fostering in Herefordshire, visit,  complete our online Fostering enquiry form, call 01432 383240, or email [email protected].

You can follow LGBTQ+ Adoption & Fostering Week online and through Instagram (@newfamilysocial) and Facebook (@newfamilysocial)