Today the average family is seen to be one not with a mum, a dad, 2 and ½ children and a dog, but to the ever evolving concept of a modern family. And whilst the term ‘modern family’ is used to distinguish a difference, the term ‘family’ is interchangeable, something which is apparent in today’s society. With equality laws on gay marriage and LGBT rights having evolved within just the last few years, it’s now great news to hear that the number of LGBT couples and individuals applying for adoption, and succeeding in their application, has grown significantly in York.
Data from York City Council, found from the Freedom of Information request, shows that this year 12.5% of all adoption applications have been from LGBT couples or individuals. Go back a few years and the same data shows that there were no applications back in 2009.
Howard Lovelady, Children’s Services, City of York Council, said: “City of York Council welcomes interest from anyone wanting to offer a child a new family home through adoption. We look at each enquirer’s individual circumstances and what they are able to offer a child. To this end, we are keen to hear from people of all sexual orientations including gay and lesbian people and both single people and those in committed relationships.
Laws regarding requirements to be considered as an adoptive parent changed back in 2002, allowing unmarried couples, including same-sex couples, to apply for join adoption.
With a successful application rate the council are now looking to increase the number of adoptions approved yearly, “As a relatively small local authority we have historically approved around 12 new adoptive families each year. However, our goal is to increase this to at least 18 families this year and we are actively looking for applicants to come forward to help provide children with a loving adoption family home.”
For those interested in finding out about adoption the City of York Council hold monthly information sessions .The next information session is tonight (Tuesday 8th October), at West Offices, Station Rise, between 6.30pm – 8.30pm.
If anyone would like to attend they should contact the team on 01904 555308/3525 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.