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We're supporting LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week

5 March 2018

A boy with two men, sitting at a piano

This week (Monday 5 to Friday 11 March) is national LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week – and we are proud to be taking part in Central Bedfordshire.

We already have same-sex couples doing an amazing job providing care for some of our looked-after children.

And we want to spread the message that fostering and adoption is very much open to members of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community.

There are plenty of myths and misconceptions about who can and can’t foster or adopt. You may think that if you don’t own your own home, or are single or in a civil partnership, for example, then you’re not able to foster or adopt.

But that’s not true. What we are looking for in Central Bedfordshire are people of all backgrounds who are able to give a stable and loving new start to a child or children who may not otherwise have that opportunity.

Here’s the experience of one male couple from Central Beds who are currently in the final stages of adopting their second child:

"When we first enquired about adoption we wondered what social workers would make of a same-sex couple that wanted to adopt.

"However, the social worker who we met was warm, knowledgeable, helpful and so positive about same sex couples and adopting. She reassured us, answered our questions and we walked out on cloud nine. Finally, we thought we had a chance to be parents and decided that if we went forward we wanted to choose Central Beds as our agency.

"Second time around it has again been a pleasure working with the Central Bedfordshire team as they really care about the kids and you as foster parents/prospective adopters. Our second little man has had lots of health issues to overcome, but we have a great support network which has been vital throughout the whole foster-to-adopt process.

"What the adoption team do is enable something wonderful. Kids who get a chance in life and create very proud parents who can truly accomplish anything. We never thought we could, but we have and it’s well worth it!"

If that’s got you thinking, or if you have any questions, then we’d love to hear from you.

If you would like to find out more about adoption, we are hosting one of our regular information sessions on Wednesday (7 March) at Priory House, in Chicksands, starting at 6:30pm. Come along, have a cup of tea and meet the team.

For anyone unable to make that and wishing to speak with someone, we run a telephone enquiry service from 9am to 5pm every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Call us on 0300 300 8090. You can also contact us by email: adoption@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk

Find out more about adopting with us

Fostering

Find out more about fostering with us. You can also call us on 0300 300 8181 or email fostering@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk.

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