The best advice for anyone who is LGBT and considering adoption? Talk to others in the same situation say Tom and Dan, who adopted their musical little boy at just eight months old. Dan has been running Proud 2be Parents; an organisation for LGBT parents and parents to be for over 10 years now, and say that adopting their son has been the best thing that’s happened for them.
From 5th – 11th March Adoption Counts, the regional adoption agency for Manchester, Cheshire East, Trafford, Salford and Stockport local authorities is celebrating LGBT Fostering and Adoption Week, and is encouraging all sections of the community to come forward and adopt. You can be gay, transsexual, bi-sexual, single, in a same sex relationship, in a civil partnership or co-habiting – all applications are very welcome and treated equally.
“Tom and I both knew we wanted children from the beginning and adoption came to be the natural process moving forward” says Dan, whose mother was also adopted.
“Our son is growing into a little character and particularly loves music, songs, story and rhyme, and his favourite activity is going to his toddler friendly music maker session at a Manchester nightclub! He also loves swimming and family days out, and couldn’t contain his excitement when seeing all the animals for the first time on a recent trip to Knowsley Safari Park. Although family days are great it’s the little things that count, like patting the family dog on the sofa, eating all the meals we cook for him and night time cuddles before bed. All these moments make it all worthwhile and just melts your heart.”
Although Dan found the process daunting and they were initially nervous as a same sex couple, Adoption Counts couldn’t have been more welcoming and supportive.
Anyone interested in finding out more about becoming adopters in and around Stockport, Manchester, Salford, Trafford and Cheshire East should contact Adoption Counts on 0300 123 2676 or visit www.adoptioncounts.org.uk. For more information on Proud 2be Parents visit http://www.proud2bparents.co.uk/.