LGBT+ people in Cornwall are urged to explore adoption and fostering as potential parenting routes in a campaign launching today.
Cornwall Council is joining with over 50 other authorities in the UK to support the campaign as there are currently 80,000 children in care in England, with five hundred of those here in Cornwall.
LGBT+ Adoption & Fostering Week brings together agencies and LGBT+ possible applicants. Build Your Family – the campaign theme – helps LGBT+ people view the adoption and fostering assessment process in easy stages.
The campaign is being led by New Family Social and their Chief Executive, Tor Docherty, said: “Record numbers of LGBT+ people now adopt or foster. The urgent need for more to do so hasn’t disappeared in the pandemic. The assessment process can still take place, despite lockdown and restrictions.
“If you’re LGBT+ it’s as good a time as any to find out how you can build your family through adoption or fostering.”
Cabinet member for Children, Public Health and Well Being, Sally Hawken, said: “Offering a child a home, whether that be fostering or through adoption, can change their life.
“We know from many years of experience that LGBT+ people come with open minded enthusiasm about the possibilities of starting a family through adoption or fostering, however some of the myths and misconceptions can stand in their way.
“The children in our care have had a tough start in life, but we are looking for people who can offer a stable, warm and loving environment to help children and young people to grow.”
Since the campaign started in 2012, the number of same-sex couples adopting reached 1 in 6 in England in 2020, a record in both its proportion and total figure. In the same period 10 per cent of adopters in Northern Ireland were same-sex couples.
To find out more about fostering and adoption please visit our adoption and fostering pages.