LGBT+ community invited to discover more about adoption in Yorkshire

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Members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community are being invited to find out about adopting a child through One Adoption.

One Adoption West Yorkshire and One Adoption North and Humber are taking part in this year’s national LGBT+ Adoption and Fostering Week (4 – 10 March) organised by New Family Social – to remind everyone that being Lesbian, Gay, Bi or Trans is not a barrier to adopting a child.

One Adoption welcomes applications from members of the LGBT+ community and has already helped many same-sex couples or single LGBT people to adopt children and create happy, loving families.

People who are interested in finding out more about adopting are being invited to join a live Question and Answer session on Facebook during LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week on 4 March at 12:30-14:00. Adoption professionals and people from the LGBT community who have already adopted will be on hand to answer all questions about the adoption process and what it is like being an adopter live on facebook.com/oneadoption.

During the campaign week, One Adoption is hosting several information events across the region, including Grimsby Town Hall on 5 March at 1pm, Leeds Civic Hall on Saturday 9 March at 10am and a drop-in info session at Java Joe’s coffee shop in Bradford (BD4 8RH) on Thursday 7 March at 5.30 to 7.30pm. There will also be further information events taking place later in March: in York on 11 March at 5pm; Brighouse on 14 March at 6.30pm; Beverley on 19 March at 5.30pm and; Bingley on 26 March at 6.30pm – see the One Adoption website for more details.

The information events are an opportunity for people of all sexualities to come along and talk to friendly professional staff to find out more about adoption, the assessment process, what children One Adoption is currently looking for homes for and what it is like to adopt a child, from people who have already adopted.

The drop-in event in Bradford has been organised in partnership with Bradford Council fostering service and is especially for people who are lesbian, gay, bi or trans. Therefore the experts on hand will be able to answer any specific concerns or questions they may have.

Sara Johal, head of service at One Adoption West Yorkshire said:

“We already have lots of same sex couples and single LGBT adopters, but we understand that many people still think they would not be able to adopt because of their sexuality – which is simply not true. We know that same sex couples can be excellent parents and have so much to offer children who are waiting for their forever family.

“Here in West Yorkshire we have about 180 children who have a plan for adoption and are looking for people who can offer them a loving, stable and permanent home. “

Suzie Grove, head of agency at One Adoption North and Humber said:

“There is no such thing as a typical adopter, we welcome applications from people of any sexuality, race or religion – you don’t have to be married or have a partner either, we have lots of excellent single adopters. What matters is that you can offer love and guidance and be an advocate for a child who may have not had the greatest start in life. This is why we are calling out to members of the LGBT community and showing our support to LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week.”

In order to show support to LGBT+ Adoption and Fostering Week 2019 major locations across the One Adoption region will be lit in rainbow colours for one day during the week. Leeds Civic Hall will be resplendent in rainbow colours on Monday 4 March and York’s iconic Bar Walls will also be rainbow-lit from 4-10 March.

Contact details: 

For media enquiries and interview requests for One Adoption West Yorkshire and One Adoption North and Humber, please contact: Emma Whittell, regional communications and marketing lead:

E-mail: emma.whittell@leeds.gov.uk

Telephone: 0113 3789188

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