New service to help LGBT people adopt a child launched

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 11:15

ADOPTION charity and new LGBT Consortium Member Parents And Children Together (PACT) is to launch a new service to help gay and lesbian people adopt a child

PACT was granted £400,000 funding from the Department for Education (DfE) to launch a new Inclusive Adoption service that specialises and focuses on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in Brighton.

The charity plans to host information events, interview prospective adopters and run workshops to prepare and approve people waiting to adopt from a new office in Brighton, East Sussex, from September 2014.

PACT is working on this project with New Family Social, a UK network for LGBT adoptive and foster families.

Research by New Family Social into the common barriers preventing prospective LGBT adopters from enquiring found:

  • 36% thought sexual orientation was a barrier to becoming parents;
  • 35% thought the assessment and matching process would be easier if they were not LGBT;
  • 25% had been told they should not be a parent.

According to The British Association of Adoption and Fostering (BAAF), 6% of children were adopted by a same sex couple during 2012/13, an increase from 4% in 2011/12. This figure is rising and already PACT is ahead of its peers with more than 13% of adoption applications coming from LGBT applicants.

Satwinder Sandhu, PACT’s Director for Adoption and Fostering said: “PACT has a solid record in helping LGBT couples and single people to adopt or become long-term foster carers.

“We offer a friendly and inclusive welcome to people who enquire; we can offer information and sympathetic advice in the first instance, an inclusive application and assessment process with diverse groups of applicants and social workers.

“And PACT’s matching and post-placement support is some of the best available, endorsed with an ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted rating, and BAAF’s adoption service of the year 2013 award. I am extremely proud of the service my teams offer.”

The PACT team will be raising awareness about the new service at Brighton Pride on Saturday 2nd August at Preston Park.

The new Brighton office will be the fifth location for PACT’s adoption service. Current offices are located in Reading, Oxford, Pimlico (London) and Old Street (London).

PACT is keen to hear from any LGBT Consortium members who have questions about LGBT adoption services, or can help PACT to reach those potential adopters and long-term foster carers who could offer a vulnerable child a safe and loving family life. 

Please visit www.pactcharity.org/lgbt or contact francesca.fogell@pactcharity.org to find out more about PACT’s drive to recruit more LGBT adopters and long term foster carers.


 

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