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This week we are supporting LGBT+ Adoption and Fostering Week, which aims to dispel concerns that gender or sexual orientation could stand in the way of adopting.

Almost half of LGBT people said they expected to face barriers if they applied, a YouGov poll on behalf of charity Stonewall found last year.

Dan*, along with husband Jay*, both 26, have recently been through the council’s adoption process.

Dan said: “Adopting was always something we wanted to do, we talked about it right from the start of our relationship.

“The process was a bit daunting at first, especially as most of our meetings were digital because of the pandemic.

“But it was also a great process to go through as you learn such a lot about yourself and your partner.

“The whole process took around 10 months and everyone we met along the way was lovely.

“No-one is trying to trip you up, they’re just trying to find out who you are as a person, so that you can be matched with the right child for you.”

The couple adopted a one-year-old boy in October.

He added: “Becoming a parent is amazing and daunting at the same time as it’s not something you ever get trained for, but we felt very supported by our social worker.”

“To other people I would say, if adoption is something you really want to do, just go for it.”

Anyone who wishes to adopt in the UK must be over the age of 21, but can be single, married, in a civil partnership or part of an unmarried couple.

If you want to know more about adoption, book on to our next virtual information session on the 9th March or contact our team by calling 01942 487272.

*Adopters names have been changed to protect their identity.

Posted on Thursday 4th March 2021