More LGBT adopters and foster carers are needed to provide loving, stable homes for children in the North West, particularly for those over four years old and sibling groups. Blackpool Council Adoption Service is backing New Family Social's LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week and encourages prospective applicants to come along and hear more about the process at our open event taking place on 12 March 2019.
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 of our children have had a traumatic start to life, and we’ve seen them thrive with their new parents. There is no typical foster carer or adopter - we need people with stability, love and resourcefulness who can who can help a child with whatever needs they may have.
LGBT Adoption & Fostering Week is organised by New Family Social, a charity that supports LGBT adopters and foster carers across the UK. Tor Docherty, New Family Social’s Chief Executive, said: ‘Record numbers of LGBT people now choose to adopt or foster. But YouGov polling shows many believe they’ll be discriminated against by agencies, with eight in ten lesbian, gay and bisexual people expecting to face barriers if they apply to become foster parents. We’re delighted that Blackpool Council is supporting the week and are encouraging more LGBT people to explore adoption or foster caring.’
Here at Blackpool, we contacted a couple from the LGBT community who have recently adopted a child to see how they find the process and to give a true and honest account of their adoption journey. They kindly answered our interview questions, and you can find their responses below.
If you are interested in starting the adoption process with us, or would like to find out more, you can call the adoption service on 01253 477888 where a member of our friendly team will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. Alternatively you can complete the Contact Us form online where you can ask any questions, request a free information pack or callback request and we will be in touch.
If you'd like to learn more about becoming a foster carer please visit our dedicated site for further information.
Start the conversation by giving us a call on 01253 477888 or alternatively, request a free callback and we'll be in touch with you as soon as possible, within 5 working days.