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LGBT+ Adoption & Fostering Week

March 01, 2019

LGBT Adoption & Fostering Week - Adoptive LGBT family on beach

Monday marks the start of LGBT+ Adoption & Fostering Week, and once again, SFCS are proud supporters of the campaign.

More LGBT+ adopters are needed to provide loving, stable homes for vulnerable children in our region and across the UK. 1 in 8 adoptions in England in 2018 were to same-sex couples, but more than 3,000 children in the UK are still awaiting adoption.

LGBT+ Adoption & Fostering Week is organised by New Family Social, a charity that supports LGBT+ adopters and foster carers across the UK. The theme this year is 7 days to love and throughout the week, SFCS and other agencies across the UK will be sharing lots of advice and information for potential LGBT+ adopters and foster carers.

New Family Social say: ‘Despite a record proportion of same-sex couples adopting in England and Wales, LGBT+ people still report high expectations of discrimination from foster and adoption agencies. To counter this, LGBT+ Adoption & Fostering Week is a unique opportunity for agencies across the UK to come together and encourage more LGBT+ people to consider both pathways to parenting.’

Throughout the campaign week, SFCS will be sharing advice, information and useful links for LGBT+ adopters on our Facebook and Twitter pages.  We will also share two real stories from LGBT+ couples who adopted their children with the help of SFCS.

And at 6.30pm on Wednesday 6th March, we are hosting an information event. Although the event will celebrate LGBT+ adoption, it is open to anyone who is thinking about growing their family through adoption.

Alison Miller, CEO of SFCS says: ‘We know from experience that LGBT+ people often come to adoption and fostering with an open mind and real enthusiasm, as it’s often their first choice for growing their family. Many children in care have had a very traumatic start to life, and we’ve seen them thrive with their new parents.

‘We need people with stability, love and resourcefulness who can help a vulnerable child with whatever needs they may have.’

Please keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter feeds this week and if you have any questions about adoption, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Happy LGBT+ Adoption & Fostering Week! 

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