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More than one in seven adoptions in England in 2019 were to LGBT+ people. Picture: Mike Birdy.

LGBT+ community urged to learn more about adoption

Members of the lesbian, gay, bi and trans communities in Hull are being invited to find out about adopting a child.

The push is part of LGBT+ Adoption and Fostering week, from Monday 2 to Sunday 8 March, which is organised by national charity New Family Social

One Adoption North and Humber, the regional adoption agency for North Yorkshire and the Humber, is tackling the myth that only heterosexual couples can adopt.

Information events which are open to everyone will be held across the region throughout the week.

But the organisation wants to highlight that members of the LGBT+ community who are thinking about adopting should come along and speak to an adoption professional in their local area

In Hull, the event is Wednesday 25 March at 5.30pm at the Guildhall.

Suzie Grove, head of agency at One Adoption North and Humber said: “Adoption is life-changing for children. What matters is that you can offer love, stability and security for a child who may not have had the greatest start in life. We welcome applications from people of any sexuality, race or religion, married or single, who can open their hearts and their homes to children in our region.

“We are holding a number of adoption information events for everyone interested in adoption during LGBT+ Adoption and Fostering Week across the North Yorkshire and Humber region. It’s a great opportunity to meet the adoption team, ask lots of questions and talk to our adoptive parents.”

There were more than one in seven adoptions in England in 2019 to LGBT+ people, however, many people still think they wouldn’t be allowed to adopt because of their sexuality.

Learn more here or call the advice line on 0345 305 2576.

One Adoption North and Humber is a regional adoption agency made up of the adoption services of Hull City Council, East Riding Council, North East Lincolnshire Council, North Yorkshire County Council and City of York Council.

Camille O'Sullivan
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