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Northern Ireland has the lowest same-sex adoption rates in the UK

Northern Ireland has the lowest same-sex adoption rates in the UK

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Same-sex couples who apply for adoption in Northern Ireland are far less likely to have a child placed in their care than their counterparts in other parts of the UK.

The success rate for same-sex couples looking to adopt in Northern Ireland is one in 15, in comparison to one in two for the rest of the UK.

The figures were reported by BBC News after they were released by Northern Ireland Health and Social Care Trusts following a freedom of information request.

30 same-sex couples have applied to adopt in Northern Ireland since the ban on same-sex couples adopting was lifted in 2013. Of this, only two couples were successful.

Over the same period, 481 same-sex couples living in other parts of the UK applied to adopt. 235 had a child placed in their care.

‘This has been a real cultural change’

A Department of Health spokesperson said that the lower rates could be due to the lengthy adoption process in Northern Ireland.

Adoption cases in Northern Ireland can take several years to complete, meaning that many of the cases could have been approved but are still being processed.

EJ Havlin, the Northern Ireland Director of Adoption UK, said that some delays may be a result of how the law has changed in Northern Ireland.

Unlike in the rest of the UK, where the removal of the ban was passed through parliament, Northern Ireland’s ban on same-sex adoption was overturned in the courts.

Steady increase

LGBTI rights have seen a steady increase in Northern Ireland in recent years.

In October, Northern Ireland came one step closer to legalizing marriage equality and abortion after a bill passed through parliament.

While same-sex marriages are legal in the rest of the UK, they remain illegal in Northern Ireland.

Same-sex couples who have been married in other parts of the UK are only recognized as civil partners in Northern Ireland.