TWO Reading charities have joined forces to promote adoption and fostering to people in the LGBT community who want to become parents.
Parents And Children Together (PACT) and Support U are jointly hosting a Cheese and Wine evening for LGBT people at 7pm, on Monday 3rd March at PACT’s office, 9 Southern Court, South Street, Reading, RG1 4QS.
The evening is taking place during the annual LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week to encourage more people to consider starting or growing their family through this route.
PACT Adopter Rob Wratten will be coming to the evening to share his story about adopting his son as a gay man.
Rob said: “It’s been an exciting year for me, this time last year I had just been approved and my son came to live with me in July.
“He has such a loving, fun and exciting personality and I love being his daddy. I’ve had lots of help and support from my family and friends. I’m so glad that I made the first step to enquire and chose to adopt with PACT.”
The evening will include the first showing of a short PACT film about Olivier and Marco who adopted their son through PACT in 2011.
Support U Manager, Claire Bannister, who was fostered as a child said: “When I was in need of someone to love and care for me, I didn't even know what sexuality was. All I wanted was someone with the warmth, the love and the compassion.
“There are plenty of children out there that still feel everyday like I did back then. You may be able to help this longing go away and that makes you one special person. Please join us to find out more.”
PACT and Support U are hosting this event as part of the LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week 2014 co-ordinated by the LGBT adoption and fostering network New Family Social.
The evening will remind people that more than 6,000 children are waiting to be adopted or fostered long-term in forever families and to celebrate LGBT families becoming parents through adoption or long term fostering.
To sign up for the evening email Jayne.firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Support U’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/supportu.rdg
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