NEVER TO LATE TO START ADOP­TION

First4A­dop­tion

Pride Life Magazine - - SPONSORED FEATURE -

First4A­dop­tion – the na­tional adop­tion in­for­ma­tion ser­vice – wel­comes en­quiries from any­one within the LGBT com­mu­nity who could po­ten­tially of­fer th­ese chil­dren a safe and lov­ing home. Gemma Gor­don-John­son, Head of Ser­vice at First4A­dop­tion, says: “We’re here to of­fer in­for­ma­tion and ad­vice to any­one in­ter­ested in adop­tion. Many LGBT cou­ples – and in­di­vid­u­als – don’t re­alise that they’re even el­i­gi­ble to adopt.” This is just one of the many myths sur­round­ing adop­tion. Sin­gle peo­ple, those who al­ready have chil­dren, peo­ple in rented ac­com­mo­da­tion and those over 40 may also be un­aware that they too can adopt.

RUPERT’S STORY

The writer, Rupert Smith, and his hus­band, Mar­cus, adopted a three-year-old boy in 2012.

“I be­came a dad at 53 years old. If you’d told me that twenty years, ten years, even five years ago, I wouldn’t have be­lieved you. But the great strides to­wards equal­ity have opened a lot of peo­ple’s eyes to the po­ten­tial of gay peo­ple as

RUPERT SMITH

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