PACT marks LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week

ADOPTION charity Parents And Children Together has helped create 30 LGBT families through adoption and fostering since a landmark law change in 2005.

It has been 10 years since the implementation of the Adoption and Children Act which gave LGBT couples the same rights as heterosexual adopters.

In that time PACT has been at the forefront of enabling people from the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community to become parents.

As part of LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week, a PACT dad has shared his experiences of adopting three children.

David* and his partner adopted their daughter and first son through their local authority but came to PACT for their third child.

“PACT has been great and our latest addition arrived five weeks ago - a beautiful baby boy aged one.

“PACT has been so supportive and upfront with the whole process. They have always demonstrated to have our interests at heart and they are a constant source of contact and support should the need arise.”

You can read David’s full story at www.pactcharity.org/davids-story

PACT Director of Adoption and Fostering Shirley Elliott said: “Around 18%** of the adopters we are currently working with are from the LGBT community.

“We confirmed our commitment to offering an excellent service to LGBT people wishing to adopt by launching our Inclusive Adoption service last year and opening a new office in Brighton.

“We are proud to be a member of New Family Social – the UK network for LGBT adopters and foster carers – and delighted to be a part of LGBT adoption and fostering week.”

PACT supports families across the London and the south through adoption, fostering, award-winning therapeutic services and community projects.

A free PACT Guide to Adoption is available from the PACT website at www.pactcharity.org/PACT-Guides along with dates of Information evenings on www.pactcharity.org/info.