LGBTQ+ adoption

If you are LGBTQ+ and thinking about adopting a child, or would like to know more information about adoption, PACT is here to help!

PACT is one of the largest adoption charities in England and was rated as outstanding by Ofsted three times in a row in 2014, 2017 and 2023. We recruit, prepare, approve and support adoptive parents for children in care who are waiting for adoption.

Last year, 34% of parents who adopted through PACT identified as LGBTQ+. We welcome enquiries from people living within a 50 mile radius of our locations in Reading, Oxford, London, Milton Keynes and Brighton.

PACT is a partner agency with LGBTQ+ adoption and fostering charity New Family Social and LGBTQ+ people starting the adoption process with PACT can obtain free gold membership.

Adopting when you’re LGBTQ+ – virtual information event

Wednesday 26 June 2024, 6pm – 7.30pm

Book your place on our free online information session for LGBTQ+ people to find out more about becoming a parent though adoption.

The event will include a presentation about the adoption process from an adoption social worker and the first hand experience of an adoptive parent.

This is an ideal opportunity to find out what’s involved and how LGBTQ+ people can make great adoptive parents.

All PACT adopters are entitled to PACT’s post adoption support and training and access to our online Children And Trauma Community Hub and PACT’s specialist therapeutic service  FACTS.

We recommend that you download our Guide to Adoption as a first step and then come to one of our free  information events.

We are sure you will have lots of questions about whether you are suitable or what the adoption process involves. We’ve answered some of the most  frequently asked questions  but you can also contact our friendly enquiries team by  filling in this form  or calling 0300 456 4800. Lines are open 10am-5pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10am-8pm on Tuesday and Thursday, and 10am-1pm on Saturday.

Take the next step…

Read our adoption guide

Our Brief Guide to Adoption contains information about PACT and what to expect from the adoption process.

Download our guide

Contact our enquiries team

Get in touch with our friendly Enquiries team to find out more about adopting with PACT.

Make an enquiry

Come to an information event

Come to one of our online adoption information events and find out if adoption is right for you.

See our events

Talking Adoption show

Hear our team chat about what makes LGBTQ+ people such great adopters and learn more about the process.

To see more videos in our Talking Adoption series, click below.

View the Talking Adoption show on YouTube

Karen’s story

We have made this short film featuring Karen, one of our LGBTQ+ parents.

Blog: Brighton Pride 2020

Each year we attend Pride events around the south east of England to chat with people who are thinking about becoming parents. While we missed out on some of these events during the Covid-19 pandemic, we look forward to being back soon to wave our flags, celebrate our LGBTQ+ communities and talk to more people about adopting with PACT. Read our blog post about Brighton Pride by PACT’s Events and Marketing Manager, Sam Ward.

Case studies from some of our LGBTQ+ adopters