More men would consider adopting – new research from First4Adoption

16 June 2013

It’s not just on Father’s Day that men’s minds turn to being a dad it seems. More men than women would consider adopting a child, according to new research released for Father’s Day by First4Adoption.

Of the 4 million (1 in 7) people in England who would consider adopting, more than half are men (52%), according to First4Adopiton’s new research. Of these men who said they are ‘certain’ or ‘very likely’ to adopt, around one third (30%) of them are single men. Although most are aged 25-44 years old (66%) and heterosexual, around 10% of them are gay or bisexual. Men in London (27%) are the most likely to consider adopting, followed by men in the North West (15%) and the West Midlands (14%).

Now this Father’s Day, First4Adoption is urging more men to get in touch with its information service (0300 222 0022) to find out about adopting a child.

“We know that there are more than 2 million men in England who would consider providing a loving home to one of the 4,600 children currently waiting to be adopted in England, so now we are urging them to come forward and find out more about adopting,” commented Gemma Gordon-Johnson, Head of Service at First4Adoption. “You can be single, gay, unmarried or have a disability, and there is no upper age limit to adopting a child, so do get in touch with our trained advisors to find out more.”

Other research published recently by sociologists has shown that men (and women) who adopt children have happier lives than those who remain childless.

Peter, 42, who adopted his youngest son two years ago, said: “Go for it; it’s brilliant. We’re talking to our adoption agency about adopting again.”

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