We have a wide range of books, guides and other resources that celebrate and support lesbian and gay adoption and fostering.
Children's picture books
Josh and Jaz are five-year-old twins who have been adopted by a lesbian couple, Sue and Fran. When their school teacher asks them to produce a family tree, they are worried that everyone in their class will laugh because they have two mums – and what will they say about their birth parents?
Ben lives with his two dads who adopted him when he was four. Children at his school find out and begin teasing him. Ben is worried that he isn’t so “normal” any more. But with the help of his dads and his teacher, Ben and the other children at his school learn that all families are different, and all special in their own way.
Having two dads is double the fun! Many families are different, this family has two dads A beautifully illustrated, affirming story of life with two dads, written from the perspective of their adopted child.
A beautifully illustrated, affirming story of life with two mums written from the perspective of their child. Written in easy to follow rhyming text, the story celebrates the diversity of LGBT family life with humour and warmth.
Many families are different, this one has two mums. They have plenty of space and plenty of love, but will the mums and their children be able to manage their ever expanding animal family?
It’s Jason’s fifth birthday and he is going to have a birthday picnic in the park. He has invited lots of people…and they’ve all brought presents! This story introduces young children to a range of different family structures, including two- and one-parent families, adoptive and foster families, gay and lesbian families, and step-families.
Books for parents and carers
How easy is it for lesbian and gay couples to adopt? Can we adopt jointly? Is the adoption process any different from heterosexual adoption? The pink guide to adoption answers these and many more questions. It is an essential step-by-step guide for lesbians and gay men who are considering adoption in the UK.
This is a compelling collection of stories of lesbians and gay men who have adopted or fostered children. Single and in partnerships, they share their experiences on a number of issues and write about life as an adoptive family.
This is the heart-warming story of Ruby and Gail and their belief in their potential to adopt. The story charts their journey to becoming parents to their three daughters and offers a glimpse of their family life over these extraordinary years, as their family grows together.
This is the story of Pablo and Mike, and their journey to becoming adopters. Set against a contemporary background of diverse perceptions - both encouraging as well as hostile - as to whether gay men should adopt, Pablo’s diarised narrative tracks this journey, from early challenges through to the positive affirmations they receive.
For social work professionals
This Good Practice Guide provides practical guidance, information, advice and signposts to further resources to help agencies and practitioners to welcome lesbian and gay applicants, and work effectively to assess and support them.
Our popular Advice Notes contain essential information for a range of audiences including adopters, prospective adopters, foster carers, social work professionals, birth parents and adopted people.
Linking, matching and placing children with lesbian or gay adopters or foster carers (for social workers)