Matt Rood

Matt Rood

150 LGBT adopters, foster carers and their children will march on Saturday 8 July at Pride in London to encourage more to consider adoption or fostering. This is the greatest ever number of LGBT adopters and foster carers to march together at the event. In 2016, 1 in 10 adoptions in England were to same-sex couples – the highest proportion of adoptions by same-sex couples in the country to date.

The adopters and foster carers will parade as members of New Family Social, the UK’s peer support charity for LGBT adopters and foster carers. Joining the group will be Matt Rood, Mr Gay England 2017, himself a former foster carer who now runs the Pride Families campaign.

New Family Social Foster Carer

New Family Social Foster Carer

New Family Social is also marking the launch of the Improving LGBT Adoption project. The Department for Education-funded project helps adoption agencies in England provide better support to LGBT people who choose to adopt or foster.

Tor Docherty, New Family Social chief executive said: ‘While it’s fantastic 1 in 10 adoptions in England were to same-sex couples in 2016, LGBT people still believe they can’t adopt or foster – or will be discriminated against because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. We’re marching in the parade not just to

celebrate our children’s achievements but also to raise awareness among the crowd that they too can explore adoption or fostering and that discrimination against LGBT applicants will be tackled.’

Matt Rood, Mr Gay England 2017 and founder of Pride Families said: ‘As a former foster carer, I know how rewarding – and challenging – parenting can be. There are thousands of vulnerable children across the UK who desperately need adoptive parents or foster carers. I’m proud to join the Pride in London parade to help inspire more LGBT people to do just that.’

To find out more about adopting or fostering if you’re LGBT, visit newfamilysocial.org.uk and follow Pride Families @pride_families.

New Family Social members can reserve wristbands to join the parade by logging in to the website.

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