Dispelling a myth

York Press: Dispelling a myth Dispelling a myth

RESEARCH by Action for Children and New Family Social has revealed that nearly half (43 per cent) of gay people in Yorkshire believe they cannot foster or adopt.

We wish to dispel this myth, so that safe homes can be found for vulnerable children in Yorkshire.

Right now, there are more than 7,420 children in care in Yorkshire and Humberside – but if just one per cent of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community chose to adopt or foster, this could help to plug the gap and ensure every child has a place to call home.

We believe that being a good parent has nothing to do with being gay or straight. Action for Children runs fostering and adoption services and works with all people to help fulfil the dreams of children who simply want to have loving families.

To mark the launch of New Family Social’s LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week (March 3-9), we are encouraging gay people from Yorkshire to find out more about fostering and adopting with Action for Children.

If you think you have what it takes, phone us on 0113 8199290 or visit actionforchildren.org.uk or lgbtadoptfosterweek.org.uk.

Carol Iddon, director of children’s services, Action for Children Tor Docherty, director of New Family Social.

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