Record adoptions by same-sex couples in Scotland

Ninety seven same-sex couples have adopted in Scotland since records began.

New figures published by National Records Scotland, show that adoptions by same-sex couples accounted for 5.7 per cent – or 1 in 18 – of all adoptions in Scotland in 2016.

This was a rise from 4.4 per cent in 2015. These figures show that adoptions by same-sex couples in Scotland are at their highest ever number of all adoptions in a year. The total number of adoptions in 2016 in Scotland by same-sex couples rose to 30, increasing from 22 the previous year.

Across Britain the total number of adoptions by same-sex couples stands at 2,347 – 2,140 in England, 97 in Scotland and 110 in Wales.

Tor Docherty

Tor Docherty

Welcoming the news, Tor Docherty, Chief Executive of New Family Social, said: “It’s fantastic to see the number of same-sex couples adopting increase in Scotland. This means that social workers are considering a wider pool of potential parents for vulnerable children. In every adoption case the child’s needs are paramount and LGBT people can bring a wide parenting skillset to meet those needs.”

To read the full statistics for adoptions in Scotland on the National Records website, click here: and download (Table 2.03).


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