Members of our Manchester team attended Stockport Pride on Sunday 31 July 2022, to raise the profile of adoption in LGBTQ+ community.
The event, held at Stockport’s Historic Market Place, also included lots of live entertainment and a Pride parade through the town.
Our team gave out lots of adoption information packs and held lots of conversations with visitors to their stand. They were also delighted that the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Stockport Councillor David Wilson and Councillor Linda Holt, visited the stand (pictured above) with Lisa from the Manchester team.
The latest statistics from the Department of Education show that 1 in 6 adoptions in 2020 were by same-sex couples. Currently the Department only record limited data on LGBTQ+ adoptions this is because recording is still relatively recent. This new data excludes bisexual people, Trans people not in a same sex relationship and single LGBT adopters. Therefore, the real number of LGBTQ+ adopters will be considerably higher.
With nearly 1,900 children currently waiting for adoption of which nearly 50% are sibling groups of brothers and sisters, there is a huge need for more adopters.
Also supporting the team on the day were Adoption Matters adopters Mike and Paul (pictured below) who adopted through the Concurrent Planning Service
Adoption Matters Chief Executive, Susy White says: “We know from experience that LGBTQ+ people often come to adoption with an open mind and real enthusiasm – it’s often their first choice to build their family.
“You can be single, over 50 and you don’t need to own your own home to consider adoption. Sexuality isn’t an important factor in our assessment of prospective adopters, what we need is people who can offer stability, love and resilience who can who can help a child with whatever needs they may have. We offer ongoing support and training to all our families for as long as they need it.”
We welcome enquiries from the LGBTQ+ community, to download an adoption information pack now, click here.
Pictured below: Julie from our Concurrent Planning Service team