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People who are Lesbian, Gay, Bi or Trans are being invited to find out about adopting a child through One Adoption.

The One Adoption regional agencies have joined forces 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.

Sarah 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 110 children who have a plan for adoption and are looking for people who can offer them a loving, stable and permanent home.“

Howard Lovelady, Head of Agency, One Adoption North and Humber said:

“All people who adopt are unique and valued. 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 a safe, permanent and caring home to a child who may have faced a challenging start in life."

The One Adoption agencies have adapted over the past year to ensure that we can keep adoptions moving forward during the pandemic. Adapting our processes, holding our training and information events online, keeping face-to-face visits to a minimum and establishing COVID safe measures for any home visits, has meant we have been able to keep delays for children and adopters to a minimum, while continuing to provide a comprehensive support service.

People who are interested in adoption and want to find out more should attend one of our virtual information events, or one to one session (South Yorkshire only). The find out more, visit the information events page

Contact details

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

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

Telephone: 0113 3789188