National LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week, 7-13 March 2016

This week marks the national Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Adoption and Fostering Week, raising awareness in the LGBT community that adopting and fostering are very real and worthwhile options.

Adoption

For many prospective parents, adoption presents a very rewarding pathway to parenthood as it provides an opportunity to transform the life of an existing child who may have their own difficulties, sometimes due to their history.

Happily, it is now recognised that couples (whatever their sexuality) as well as single people can make excellent adoptive parents. The Department of Health released figures in December showing that one in every twelve adoptions in the UK is by a same sex couple. If you feel that you can offer a loving home to an existing child, please get in touch with your local authority for further information.

Fostering

Foster carers traditionally look after children temporarily, until they are placed with adoptive parents more permanently. However, due to the circumstances of some children, it is possible that they can remain in long-term foster care until they reach adulthood.

Local couple Chris and Ian from Taunton have shared their experience with the Somerset County Gazette to highlight the fostering opportunities that exist for LGBT people. Whilst not without its challenges, they describe how proud they are to play their part in changing the lives of the children in their care – empowering them to fulfil their abilities and ambitions.

More information

If you identify as LGBT and are interested in adopting or fostering, New Family Social is an excellent resource and support network to begin your journey with.

For help with the legal side of adoption, or other LGBT family building, please contact our specialist fertility and parenting law solicitor, Nicola Scott.

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