New film calls on more trans people to consider adoption
LGBT Adoption & Fostering Week returns, 6 March 2017
More trans people are called to explore adoption in a new film published today – 6 March – by New Family Social.
The film’s launch coincides with the first day of LGBT Adoption & Fostering Week 2017 in the UK.
The clip focuses on Alex, a trans adoptive Dad.
Alex says ‘vulnerable children need to figure out their identity and trans people have done that already’ adding that trans adopters need to be resilient, tenacious and able to laugh at themselves.
While 1 in 10 adoptions in 2016 in England were to same-sex couples there are some 70,00 children still in care. With an estimated additional 9,000 foster carers needed across the UK last year there is a real and urgent need for more LGBT people to consider adoption or fostering.
‘You’ve got to be open to welcoming a little stranger into your house and watching them turn your life upside down,’ Alex says. ‘If you’re trans and think you can’t adopt – think again. It doesn’t matter who you are it’s where you’ve come from and how you’ve dealt with it.’
Now in its seventh year LGBT Adoption & Fostering Week is led by New Family Social and brings together adoption and foster care agencies across the UK to encourage more LGBT people to consider adopting or fostering children.
Tor Docherty, New Family Social Chief Executive said: ‘We’re delighted that the proportion of same-sex couples adopting in England rose to an all-time high last year. But it’s vital that agencies also consider how they reach out to everyone who identifies as LGBT. We hope our latest film will help them to engage more trans people and support them through the process.’
You can see Alex’s film at on our dedicated campaign page and follow the campaign on twitter using the hashtags #proudtoadopt and #proudtofoster