LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week 2012

We've been writing here and thinking about the trials of getting pregnant when you are a lesbian couple who might also have fertility problems.
 
Of course, one way to start a family doesn't involve the costs and emotions attached to getting pregnant at all. Many London boroughs pro-actively encourage LGBT families to foster or adopt, and sadly there is never shortage of babies and children who need a new, welcoming, loving family.
 
Ealing Council hosts a special event to raise awareness of fostering and adoption for LGBT families in their borough to encourage more gay and lesbian people to consider becoming foster carers or to adopt.
 
The event is being held in conjunction with LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week 2012, the first of its kind, organised by New Family Social, a UK charity for LGBT adopters, foster carers and their children.
 
Ealing Council held its first pink event in 2010, which was very well attended and received a great deal of positive feedback. 
 
This year the event will take place on the evening of Monday 20 February in central Ealing. This informal event will give people the opportunity to find out more about fostering and adoption and to ask any questions they may have. There will also be an opportunity to meet some foster carers and people who have already adopted to talk about their personal experiences.
 
Two special guests who will be speaking about their experience at the event are Paul Llewelyn & Lohit Kalburgi. After attending the last Ealing Pink event the couple were inspired to adopt and now have a son. Lohit explains
"The evening was fantastic. There were a great selection of speakers, all with really inspiring stories to tell. I just remember sitting there and thinking this could really happen for us. We were both so inspired by the evening we knew that having children was definitely something we both really wanted."
 
Anyone interested in fostering or adoption is encouraged to come along and find out more. Many people have misconceptions about what is required to be a foster carer or to adopt. For example to foster or adopt you don't need to own your own property, you can be single or in a relationship and age is not a barrier.
 
To attend the informal evening of information and networking, as well as a delicious buffet and drinks book your place or for more information, call Freephone 0800 731 6550 or email fosterdadopt@ealing.gov.uk.
 
For more information on LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week 2012, and to see if there are any LGBT events near you, visit the official website.