Booking is now open for two free evening seminars – held by New Family Social – specifically for LGBT people to find out how they can adopt or foster. Taking place in London and Manchester on 8 March, the evenings feature a Q & A session and the chance to talk directly to LGBT people who’ve gone through the processes already. The seminars will take place to mark LGBT Adoption & Fostering Week, which returns from 5 March. Details of 34 other sessions held by adoption and foster care agencies across the UK during the campaign are also available online, with more being added daily.
LGBT Adoption & Fostering Week is the only national campaign encouraging more lesbian, gay, bi and trans people to consider these parenting routes. The campaign’s led by charity New Family Social and brings together adoption and foster care agencies from across the country. There’s an urgent need for more adopters and foster carers in the UK, with more than 7,000 new foster families needed and some 72,600 children in care in England alone in 2017.
Tor Docherty, chief executive of New Family Social, said: ‘Although 1 in 10 adoptions in 2017 were to same-sex couples in England, adoption and foster care agencies are extremely keen to talk with LGBT people who could either adopt or foster. If you’re LGBT and think adoption or fostering may be for you, there’s never been a better time to find out more.’
The campaign takes place as New Family Social enters its tenth year of working across the UK, having started as a peer support network of LGBT adopters. Since then over 2,800 children from England, Scotland and Wales have been adopted by same-sex couples.
You can follow the campaign on Twitter at #proudtoadopt and #proudtofoster and find out more on New Family Social’s website.