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Home for Good – Adoption poll, Nov 2020

UK adults’ attitudes towards adopting children of different backgrounds.

Half (54%) of Black UK adults say they could be open to adopting or fostering, or that they already have, along with a similar proportion of BAME individuals (48%).

Black adults who are open to adopting or fostering (or already have) are more likely than white adults (who say the same) to prefer to:

  • foster (65% vs 49%) and adopt (63% vs 50%) a child who has the same ethnic background as them
  • want to be assessed to foster or adopt by a social worker with a similar ethnic background to me (60% vs 46%)
  • prefer to adopt a girl than a boy (54% vs 36%).

44% of Black UK adults who would prefer to adopt a child with an ethnic match would worry that their child might be bullied or treated differently for not being of the same ethnicity as them.

Date Published: 16/11/2020

Categories: Public and communities | Social | UK

Client: Home for Good


Savanta ComRes interviewed 10,631 UK adults online from 9th October to 2nd November 2020. This included 382 Black adults, of which 209 were open to adopting or fostering, or have already done so. Data were weighted to be demographically representative of the UK by age, gender, region and social grade. Savanta ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.

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