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The Department for Education has announced that LGBT people will be given additional support in adopting children thanks to an increase in funding.

New Family Social, the UK’s only LGBT adoption and fostering charity, will receive a total of £100,000 to improve assessment, matching, and ongoing support.

Tor Docherty, chief executive of New Family Social, said: “In every adoption case the needs of the child are paramount and it’s only right that the widest pool of potential parents is considered.

“While one in 12 adoptions in England in 2015 were to same-sex couples, there’s still much work to do to make LGBT adopters’ experiences uniformly positive across the country.”

A report published in March by the charity found some incidents of discrimination against LGBT adopters throughout the adoption process.

Over the next 18 months, the charity will work with adoption agencies across England to raise awareness of LGBT-approved adopters and reduce any unconscious bias that may exist against them.

The number of children adopted by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) couples and individuals has reached record highs over the last 12 months, with over 1,313 children placed in loving stable homes in England, Scotland and Wales since same-sex couples were given adoption rights in December 2005.

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