Same-sex couples can find out about adoption

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SAME sex couples are being urged to come forward and find out about having a family through fostering or adoption.

Durham County Council is joining this year’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Fostering and Adoption Week.

The council is holding an information drop-in session on Saturday, at the Gala theatre in Durham City.

Anyone interested can pop in between 11am and 1pm, where there is the chance to meet some same-sex parents to hear about their experiences and speak to social workers.

Team manager Jessica Cowan said: “There are a lot of myths that surround both fostering and adoption and people often rule themselves without talking to us.

“One commonly held belief is that same sex couples cannot foster or adopt. We would like to reassure anyone thinking about becoming a foster carer or adopter that they can contact us and find out more.

“What is more important than anything else, is your ability to understand and care for a child and provide a stable family life.

“Fostering and adoption can make a real difference to the lives of children and young people, if you have ever thought about it then now is the time to find out more.”