In March of this year, Derby City Council campaigned for LGBT+ Adoption & Fostering Week. Despite record proportion of same sex-couples adopting in England and Wales, LGBT+ people still report high expectations of discrimination from fostering and adoption agencies.

Derby City Council aims to do as much as possible to encourage LGBT+ individuals and couples who may be interested in fostering or adopting. In this article we highlight just some of the reasons why the LGBT+ community can make fantastic foster carers and adoptive parents and should be supported in the process.

This encouragement is even more vital than usual, as there is a significant need for more foster and adoptive parents in Derby City. Our aim is therefore to ensure that LGBT+ people feel as supported as possible if they consider changing a child’s life by becoming their parent or carer.

Councillor Evonne Williams, Cabinet member for Children and Young People, said:

“There are unfortunately still myths around LGBT+ adoption and fostering and we know that these need busting to encourage adoptive or foster parents, which are so desperately needed throughout Derby.

“At Derby City Council, we want to welcome and encourage our LGBT+ communities to come forward if they are interested in adoption or fostering and feel that they are as supported as possible through the process.”

This Saturday, Derby City Council will have a stand at Derby Pride 2019, an event which will be packed with a host of entertainment, music and stalls in store.

For this year’s Pride there is an even bigger and better line-up planned than ever before, with a number of acts performing on the main stage between 12.00-6.00pm.

The fun-filled day will be hosted by Soraya Vivian and Peter Martine, while the headline acts are dance legends Rozalla and Urban and Dance star Kele Le Roc.

Derby City Council will be sponsoring the event, which will take place on Curzon and Bramble Street (closed to traffic between 6.00am and 11.00pm that day). The nearest car park is two minutes away on Abbey Street.

The day will start with a large and colourful parade through Derby City’s central shopping area and the Market Place, finishing on Curzon Street at 12.00pm in time for the start of the main event. The on-foot parade will include the Ambassadors Showband, various entertainment groups and members of the public.

If you are wishing to take part in the parade the meeting point is on St Peter’s Churchyard at the junction of St Peter’s street. Participants should meet between 11.00 – 11.15am, where Ryan’s Bar will be opening at this time for those who may need to use toilet facilities or wish to buy refreshments.

For more information about why the LGBT community should consider adopting or fostering read more here or visit our fostering and adoption pages on the Council website.

For more information on the line-up, timings and more of Derby Pride 2019, visit the website. Park all day for £2.00 at Abbey Street, Abbey Street East and Drewry Lane car parks. Parksafe Bold Lane is £2.00 8.00am -8.00pm.

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