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Jacob and Isobel tell their story

Oxfordshire County Council needs adopters in Oxfordshire to consider all their children – children under 2, older children, siblings and children with complex needs or a disability. This short video will tells you the story of Jacob and Isobel, two children who found parents through Oxfordshire County Council.   To find out more, visit www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/adoption  

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Meet the (foster) parents

Meet the (foster) parents

Every year, Foster Care Associates help many people to become foster parents. Here are a few stories of LGBT couples and singles who share their experiences of fostering through FCA. LGBT Carer Case Study – Dan McCarthy, Birmingham Single foster carer Dan lives in Birmingham and has been fostering with Foster Care Associates (FCA) for […]

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Becoming same-sex adopters with Adoption UK

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AS a childless gay couple Scott Casson-Rennie and his partner Tristan would enjoy up to five foreign holidays every year. The couple would also go off every other weekend, often staying up late and sleeping in the following morning. But their lifestyle changed dramatically eight years ago when they became same sex adopters. Scott, aged […]

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Adoption with Oxfordshire County Council

Oxfordshire County Council is looking for adopters and foster carers from the lesbian and gay communities.  We are looking for people who are committed to transforming the lives of children by sharing their lives and homes. We asked Tom and James to tell us their story about adopting Harry. Tom said “Being an adoptive parent […]

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Surrogacy: Ten things you should know

By Claire Wood, Lawyer, Kingsley Napley LLP Same-sex marriage may now be legal, but surrogacy remains a legal minefield in the UK. Surrogacy is an increasingly popular route to parenthood for gay couples, enabling them to have a child genetically connected to one of them. UK based couples should, however, be fully aware of the […]

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LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week

There are around 90,000 children in care across the UK, 6,000 of whom need to be adopted.  However, there is a desperate shortage of both adopters and foster carers.  Thousands more people are needed to give these vulnerable children a secure and loving home and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) adopters and foster carers […]

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Foster carers needed in Hampshire

If you’ve thought about fostering before, or are just learning about it for the first time, there’s never been a more important time to foster. We urgently need more carers to look after children and young teens to help them achieve their full potential. With over 500 foster carers working with Hampshire County Council to […]

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YOU can foster

Becoming a foster carer is about providing a safe and caring home for a looked-after child; it’s not about sexuality, ethnicity or gender. Tamara and Sherwin are single gay carers in their 30s.  Neither of them can think of a time in their fostering experience when their sexuality has been an issue. Tamara has been […]

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LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week

For the launch of LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week  Barnardo’s is asking more people to consider putting themselves forward as potential foster parents – particularly for older children. More attention needs to be paid to the care of older, vulnerable, children. Nearly twelve thousand (43%) of all the children who entered care in England last […]

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Shortage of Foster Carers Must Be Addressed

There is a current shortage of just over 10,000 foster carers in the UK There are many reasons why children need to be ‘looked after’ by foster carers. Some families have periods of instability due to life issues i.e. medical conditions; depression; family breakdown; learning difficulties; substance dependency; and families struggling to cope. Other children […]

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First Irish Gay Marriages by autumn

Ireland has voted overwhelmingly in favour of same-sex marriage and already, there is talk of the first unions taking place […]

Trade Unions to lead Birmingham Pride Parade

The 2015 Birmingham Pride Parade will be led by the original members of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM), […]

Facebook launches ‘I’m a Voter’ button ahead of Ireland’s Same-Sex Marriage Referendum

Ahead of Ireland’s Same-Sex Marriage Referendum on Friday, Facebook today announces that the ‘I’m a Voter’ button will appear in […]

The Open University recognised for its ‘outstanding’ impact on diversity

The Open University has received two Excellence in Diversity Awards (EiDA) 2015 – Diverse Education Company and Diversity Champion for […]

Marking IDAHOT at the National Assembly for Wales

By Presiding Officer, Dame Rosemary Butler AM The National Assembly for Wales is the democratically elected body that represents the […]

Victim Support – proudly supporting IDAHOT

Victim Support is one of the many businesses across the country that are proud to mark IDAHOT. The charity also […]