Me and my girlfriend have been thinking about adopting for a while now but have no idea where to start. It's also pretty scary cuz we know that lots of places will be biased against lesbians. Does anyone know where would be lesbian friendly and help?
Thanks for your post. Such great news that you've started your journey toward parenthood! It's an incredible journey that more and more LGBTQ+ people now feel they can embrace.
I've never been a parent, but I hear you about prejudice when it comes to adoption. It's a scary prospect that those people in charge might just reject you out-of-hand because of your sexuality, and the industry has hardly been the most LGBTQ+ friendly until recent years.
Thankfully though, things are slowly changing. For starters, it's actually illegal for agencies in the UK to discriminate against you and your partner based on your sexual orientation. Here's a relevant quote from the Citizen's Advice Bureau:
"An adoption or fostering agency is not allowed to refuse to place children with you just because you're lesbian, gay or bisexual.
Of course, this doesn't suddenly mean that every adoption agency is now embracing LGBTQ+ people with open arms. However, there is a new government initiative that you should know about called New Family Social. It's a charity dedicated to supporting LGBTQ+ adoptive families. It also works closely with adoption and fostering agencies across the UK and hosts a network of LGBTQ+ families who could help support you on your journey. Definitely worth checking out. www.newfamilysocial.org.uk/
I hope this helps! If you've got any more questions then feel free to shoot them over. Also, you're welcome to share an update with us as things go forward!