Parents And Children Together (PACT) is calling for more prospective parents to come forward during LGBT Adoption and Fostering week (7th – 13th March 2016).
In 2015, 1 in 12 children England were adopted by same-sex couples. PACT actively recruits LGBT adopters in London and the South and 11% of those adopting with PACT in 2015 were LGBT.
PACT LGBT adopter Amy* said: “In reality there was no prejudice regarding my sexuality. Don’t worry – children need loving parents, whether they are single or couples. LGBT parents and children help form the diversity of life and make for inclusive families.”
PACT is particularly looking for adopters for ‘priority children’ who have been waiting the longest for their forever family. These children can be over four years old, in sibling groups of two or three, of black and minority ethnic background or have complex needs.
PACT is holding an information event at it’s Brighton office on Monday 7th March. A PACT LGBT adopter will share their story and there will also be a presentation from a PACT social worker and an opportunity to ask questions informally.
LGBT Adoption and Fostering week is organised by New Family Social, a charity that supports LGBT adopters and foster carers.
PACT Director of Adoption Shirley Elliott said: “We are proud to be a member of New Family Social and delighted to be a part of LGBT adoption week. All of our LGBT adopters receive free membership to New Family Social.”
“We know from experience that LGBT people often come to adoption with an open mind and real enthusiasm. There are very few barriers to adoption so I would urge anyone thinking about it to speak to us, download an information pack or come along to an event to find out more.”
To find out more about adopting with PACT, visit http://pactcharity.org/adoption/about-adoption/lgbt