Gay Parents Needed To Adopt In Dorset
8:28am 7th March 2013
(Updated 2:34pm 7th March 2013)
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Dorset are being actively encouraged to consider adoption or fostering.
Dorset County Council is supporting a national campaign this week asking people of different sexual orientations to think about becoming parents.
Toni Coombs who looks after children's services in Dorset says they're looking for people from all walks of life to adopt and foster.
Ben and Karl (*) have adopted two children through Dorset County Council.
"We discussed the possibility of starting a family for a while, as we both felt we had so much to offer and share.
"Being a same sex couple, we have had a few challenges where other parents 'double take'. But, we dealt with this well as a family and, once the parents got to know us, we were accepted.
"We're really proud of how mature our kids are about things - they ask us questions and we're always honest with them. They are old enough to know that everyone is different and they embrace us both as their parents entirely.
"We do so much together and lead an active lifestyle. We enjoy camping, canoeing and skiing with our children during their free time."
To find out more call 0800 1959654 for fostering, 01305 221450 for adoption, or visit www.dorsetforyou.com
*Names have been changed for legal reasons