LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week

Somerset County Council is marking national LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week (2 – 8 March 2015) by holding an information event in Yeovil.

Cllr Frances Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Children and Families at Somerset County Council, said: “We need people from all walks of life to consider fostering or adoption to give children in care loving and secure homes and families. We are supporting national LGBT adoption and fostering week to encourage lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to come forward to adopt or foster.”

The drop in information event will take place on Tuesday 3 March at Westlands Leisure Complex from 7-9pm and a presentation will be given at around 7.30pm. Social workers will be on hand to answer questions and there will be an opportunity to speak to local foster carers and adopters to get an insight into what it is really like.

Jane, who adopted a young brother and sister with her partner Emma, said: “I have always had a strong feeling I would like to adopt since my early twenties and deciding I was a lesbian. As a couple we knew we had a loving secure environment and a lot to give. We both felt that adopting children and hopefully offering them a better life was the right thing for us to do and it also fulfilled our own need to have a family of our own.

“We were approved to adopt in June last year, we got married in July and we met our children in August. Meeting the children for the first time was a magical day that will never be forgotten. Our daughter opened the door herself and threw herself around both of us. Our son who is the younger one was a little more reserved, but was soon playing happily and laughing on the floor with us.

“The whole thing has been amazing and we have been so blessed to get two beautiful, happy and confident children. There are moments amongst all the running around and chaos that two children under five create, where you have a real feeling of family and those moments are golden.

“We have found no issues with both children accepting they have two mums. Their friends have asked them questions about where their daddy is and why they have two mums and they confidently answer that they have a daddy, but they don’t live with him as he couldn’t look after them and now they have two mummies.

“We would definitely recommend adoption to anyone who felt they wanted to do it. We would seriously advise people to look into it thoroughly before starting the process. The training is fantastic and people should remain open minded throughout it all, as you perceptions going into the process are most definitely developed by the time you ever become a parent with the children in your home!”

You can read Jane and Emma’s full story on our website at: http://www.fosteradoptsomerset.org.uk

Drop in to the free event to find out more or visit the website: http://www.fosteradoptsomerset.org.uk or phone 0800 587 9900. Join Fostering and Adoption in Somerset on Facebook or follow us on twitter @fostersomerset @adoptsomerset