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YOUR CHARITY with Steve Oversby, Barnardo's director in the North-east.

CHARITIES unite to celebrate LGBT Adoption and Fostering Carers across the country are celebrating the tenth anniversary since a landmark law change which gave LGBT couples the same equal legal rights as heterosexual adopters.

New Family Social - the charity which supports adopters and foster carers from LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) communities -joined forces with Barnardo's to mark LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week earlier this month.

e campaign highlights the need for more carers to come forward and adopt or foster children, in particular sibling groups who often wait the longest to nd new forever families.

Since the implementation of the Adoption and Children Act change in law, 1,313 children have been adopted by LGBT couples in England, Wales and Scotland and the number of children adopted by same sex couples more than tripled from 90 in 2007 to 370 in 2014.

Barnardo's has always encouraged and supported adopters and foster carers from LGBT communities, long before the legal changes. I'm proud to say that of the 123 children we placed for adoption in the year up to December 2014, 16 are placed with LGBT adopters - more than twice the national average.

We specialise in nding adopters for older children, children in sibling groups and children with additional needs.

We're very proud of the contribution our adopters and carers from the LGBT community make in turning around the lives of some of the most vulnerable children growing up in the UK.

Full details can be found at www.lgbtadoptfosterweek.org.uk

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Mar 26, 2015
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