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LGBT+ people in South Yorkshire invited to #BeTheChange for a child

People who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Asexual are being encouraged to consider if they could #BeTheChange, by adopting a child who waits longer, through One Adoption South Yorkshire as part of LGBTQ+ Adoption and Fostering week.

The regional adoption agency for South Yorkshire is supporting this year’s awareness-raising week (7 - 13 March), organised by national charity New Family Social.

The focus for this year’s campaign is #BeTheChange, putting a spotlight on those children who often wait the longest to find their adoptive family; children who are in sibling groups, those over four years of age, and children who have additional needs.

One Adoption South Yorkshire wants to remind LGBTQ+ people from across the region who are thinking about adopting as a way to build their family that they should not rule themselves out because of their sexuality. Anyone interested in adopting in South Yorkshire can find out more at adoption information events, which take place weekly online.

Since One Adoption South Yorkshire was launched in 2021 over 50 people who are LGBTQ+ have either been approved to adopt or are currently going through the assessment process. Which is just slightly under the national average of one in six. However, many people still think they wouldn’t be allowed to adopt because of their sexuality. There are many children, who remain in care, whose lives could be transformed by an LGBTQ+ adopter.

“All people who adopt are unique and valued,” said Stephanie Evans, Head of One Adoption South Yorkshire. “We welcome applications from people of any sexuality, race or religion – you don’t have to be married or have a partner either, we have lots of excellent single adopters. What matters is that you can offer a safe, permanent and caring home to a child who may have faced a challenging start in life.

“This year’s theme is #BeTheChange and here in South Yorkshire we are particularly looking for families for children who are older, those in sibling groups, and children from Black and Minority Ethnicities and of those with mixed heritage. So, if you think you can be the change in a child’s life then we would love to hear from you.”

The next online information events for South Yorkshire are being held on Wednesday 9 and Tuesday 15 March and can be booked by visiting the One Adoption website: www.oneadoption.co.uk/events.

By adopting through One Adoption South Yorkshire parents are supported throughout the whole process by a highly experienced, dedicated adoption support team and peer mentors from the One Adoption community. There is a comprehensive programme of pre and post adoption training and support – from stay and play sessions to more in depth workshops.

Anyone interested in finding out about adopting can visit the One Adoption website www.oneadoption.co.uk or call the advice line on 0345 002 0012.

One Adoption South Yorkshire is a regional adoption agency made up of the adoption services of Barnsley Council, Doncaster Children’s Services Trust, Rotherham Council and Sheffield City Council.

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