Wednesday, 22 February 2012

LGBT Adoption & Fostering Week

(c) ToniFish
Last night saw members of the LGBT community gather on Twitter to discuss their experiences of adoption and fostering as part of BAAF's celebration of the inaugural LGBT Adoption & Fostering Week. If you missed last night's chat, read on below for a full transcript of what was said - most recent tweets appear first.


WhoCaresTrust
RT @BAAFAdoption: A reminder to join us tonight for LGBT #adoptfosterchat: bit.ly/wuEq00 // cc @WhoCaresTrust @lgbtadoptfoster

BatBSustained
RT @BAAFAdoption: Don't forget the check the BAAF blog - bit.ly/977pnx - tomorrow for a round up of #adoptfosterchat

changekitchen
RT @BAAFAdoption: Don't forget the check the BAAF blog - bit.ly/977pnx - tomorrow for a round up of #adoptfosterchat

ConfCounselling
RT @BAAFAdoption: Don't forget the check the BAAF blog - bit.ly/977pnx - tomorrow for a round up of #adoptfosterchat

loz1221
RT @lgbtadoptfoster: RT @theresauno: Gay/lesbian Adoption. A foster Carer's View. xcentricreality.blogspot.com/2011/06/gayles… @BAAFAdoption #adoptfosterchat #respect

PACTCHARITY
RT @SatSandhu: #adoptfosterchat #LGBT anyone within 2hrs of London or Reading wanting to adopt or foster with us welcome @PACTCHARITY

TorDocherty
RT @BAAFAdoption: Just over 3% of children adopted from care last year in England were adopted by same-sex coupels #adoptfosterchat #LGBT

lgbtadoptfoster
Night everyone x #adoptfosterchat

lgbtadoptfoster
Check out @lgbtadoptfoster week here ow.ly/9cET9 and NFS support community here ow.ly/9cEY1 #adoptfosterchat

SazMills
RT @BAAFAdoption: Just over 3% of children adopted from care last year in England were adopted by same-sex coupels #adoptfosterchat #LGBT

Sundaykoffron
RT @BAAFAdoption: More info/advice about LGBT adoption/fostering on our website: bit.ly/AEDjYn #adoptfosterchat

SatSandhu
@SatSandhu @pactcharity #adoptfosterchat #LGBT foster or adopt WITH us! i am positive you won't want to adopt us! Nite all! Great chat!

lgbtadoptfoster
@baafadoption thanx hosting tonight. Been good to talk / listen. #adoptfosterchat

Theresauno
RT @BAAFAdoption: Don't forget the check the BAAF blog - bit.ly/977pnx - tomorrow for a round up of #adoptfosterchat

Theresauno
@BAAFAdoption @lgbtadoptfoster Thanks for hostin gr8 #adoptfosterchat - only caught last half but very interesting. T :-)

BAAFAdoption
Don't forget the check the BAAF blog - bit.ly/977pnx - tomorrow for a round up of #adoptfosterchat

BAAFAdoption
More info/advice about LGBT adoption/fostering on our website: bit.ly/AEDjYn #adoptfosterchat

lgbtadoptfoster
@threebecomefour @_TwoDads There are many bloggers out there from all backgrounds who follow/read and support each other #adoptfosterchat

BAAFAdoption
Check out the LGBT part of our online bookstore for more adoption/fostering reading: bit.ly/A2w1Zz #adoptfosterchat

SatSandhu #adoptfosterchat #LGBT anyone within a couple of hrs of London or Reading wanting to adopt or foster us welcome @PACTCHARITY

BAAFAdoption
Thanks to everyone for joining us tonight - especially New Family Social @lgbtadoptfoster! #adoptfosterchat

BAAFAdoption
@Threebecomefour Agree - support is so vital #adoptfosterchat

_TwoDads
@Threebecomefour @BAAFAdoption @lgbtadoptfoster we have an all encompassing network which the LGBT aspect is part of #adoptfosterchat

lgbtadoptfoster
@threebecomefour I'd hope that the common bond of having adopted would be enough to unite all adopters/foster carers #adoptfosterchat

_TwoDads
@Threebecomefour @BAAFAdoption @lgbtadoptfoster #adoptfosterchat I think we do, NFS was instrumental in expanding our support network

valwarr
@BAAFAdoption I just thought there would have been some in b my parent. Even sw said it is not that common. #mixedheritage #adoptfosterchat

lgbtadoptfoster
@threebecomefour We've got a large online and actual support network of other LGBT adopters but ... #adoptfosterchat

BAAFAdoption
RT @Lawsey1974: @BAAFAdoption Wow, that figure is growing. We can offer happy homes. Who wouldn't support that! #adoptfosterchat

BAAFAdoption
@valwarr LAs in larger cities are likely to need adopters for children of mixed heritage #adoptfosterchat

SatSandhu
@lgbtadoptfoster Ur welcome! :) Gr8 that numbers growing! Would like to see adoption become No1 choice for LGBT parents! #adoptfosterchat

lgbtadoptfoster
@boopybreeze are you a NFS member at all? This is where we tend to find our volunteers (who we are always in need of!) #adoptfosterchat

valwarr
#adoptfosterchat my partner & I want to adopt an Asian & White #mixedrace child to match our ethnicity. But there don't seem 2 b many?

BAAFAdoption
Just over 3% of children adopted from care last year in England were adopted by same-sex coupels #adoptfosterchat #LGBT

lgbtadoptfoster
@satsandhu (blushes) thanks! We'll RT that! Our membership is growing by the day & more meet ups happening every week. #adoptfosterchat

BAAFAdoption
@bluegrass_ryan See links here - follow through to DfE website: bit.ly/feamhA #adoptfosterchat

pinkladylou
@BAAFAdoption @juicemore #adoptfosterchat that's amazing to hear, me and my husband are waiting for our match panel ?

bluegrass_ryan
Are there any stats available on the number of LGBT adopters? #adoptfosterchat

SatSandhu
#adoptfosterchat I think @lgbtadoptfoster have been instrumental in harnessing the message of what is achievable for our looked after kids!

BAAFAdoption
RT @Theresauno: Children in care nd stable/nurturing/loving homes-Gd adopters cn provide tht w/e their sexual orientation. #adoptfosterchat

BAAFAdoption
@SatSandhu In agencies where there are LGBT sws, it has helped to pave the way #adoptfosterchat

Theresauno
Children in care need stable/nurturing/loving homes - Good adopters can provide that, whatever their sexual orientation. #adoptfosterchat

_TwoDads
@BAAFAdoption #adoptfosterchat There'll be 2 gay dads from 2 families and a lesbian couple talking, expecting 2-200 - a wide est. lol

SatSandhu
@BAAFAdoption agreed! it needs people internal to the agency to lead and pioneer change. @PACTCHARITY is a good example #adoptfosterchat

valwarr
#adoptfosterchat slowly slowly catchy monkey

lgbtadoptfoster
@baafadoption @threebecomefour but we're not aware of any negative feedback on this (I think?!?) #adoptfosterchat

lgbtadoptfoster
@baafadoption @threebecomefour I think the very nature of any online forum tends to channel people into specific groups #adoptfosterchat

BAAFAdoption
@Threebecomefour We haven't found that to be true - perhaps @lgbtadoptfoster can help #adoptfosterchat

BAAFAdoption
@Threebecomefour Have you spoken to New Family Social @lgbtadoptfoster? #adoptfosterchat

BAAFAdoption
@Threebecomefour In recent years we've seen more lesbians and gay men interested in fostering #adoptfosterchat

BAAFAdoption
@Threebecomefour Hard to measure - statistics not recorded #adoptfosterchat

BAAFAdoption
@SatSandhu A good point, but hard to guarantee #adoptfosterchat

boopybreeze
@SatSandhu @BAAFAdoption #adoptfosterchat what a great idea!

BAAFAdoption
@juicemore Great to hear! #adoptfosterchat

BAAFAdoption
RT @juicemore: #adoptfosterchat jst celebrated 2nd anniversary of meetin our 3yo-amazing times-slog of the adoption process is so worth it:)

juicemore
#adoptfosterchat just celebrated 2nd anniversary of meeting our 3yold - amazing times - the slog of the adoption process is so worth it:)

SatSandhu
#adoptfosterchat Agencies must have LGBT Ambassadors to show how much the community have to offer & lead the agency to ppl who want 2 parent

lgbtadoptfoster
RT @theresauno: Gay/lesbian Adoption. A foster Carer's View. xcentricreality.blogspot.com/2011/06/gayles… @BAAFAdoption #adoptfosterchat #respect

valwarr
#adoptfosterchat I wonder if anyone has suffered at religious schools? Our mates adopted kids had major proba. Clearly masking real issue!

BAAFAdoption
RT @Theresauno: Gay/lesbian Adoption. A foster Carer's View. bit.ly/AetwsW @BAAFAdoption #adoptfosterchat #respect

BAAFAdoption
RT @SatSandhu: #adoptfosterchat Ppl still encountering prejudice bt it's case of strength in nos.Success in LGBT fostering adoption is high!

Theresauno
Gay/lesbian Adoption. A foster Carer's View. xcentricreality.blogspot.com/2011/06/gayles… @BAAFAdoption #adoptfosterchat #respect

SatSandhu
#adoptfosterchat People still encountering prejudice but it is a case of strength in numbers.Success in LGBT fostering adoption is high!

BAAFAdoption
Great!RT @SatSandhu: #adoptfosterchat We had7couples&3single people at our LGBTevent last night at PACTCharity!Lots enthusiasm&energy2adopt!

BAAFAdoption
RT @boopybreeze: #adoptfosterchat Any other Gay Foster carers had to deal with homophobic parents??Insisting children placed elsewhere?

SatSandhu
#adoptfosterchat We had 7 couples and 3 single people at our LGBT event last night at PACTCharity! Lots of enthusiasm & energy to adopt!

BAAFAdoption
RT @bluegrass_ryan: I'd like to highlight the relative invisibility of, and dearth of resources for, T adopters. #adoptfosterchat

boopybreeze
@BAAFAdoption #adoptfosterchat Any other Gay Foster carers had to deal with homophobic parents?? Insisting children placed elsewhere??

BAAFAdoption
RT @boopybreeze: #adoptfosterchat my wife and I were really lucky! Positive experiences when interviewing LA's & Agencies re: being gay FC's

bluegrass_ryan
I'd like to highlight the relative invisibility of, and dearth of resources for, T adopters. #adoptfosterchat

boopybreeze
#adoptfosterchat @BAAFAdoption my wife and I were really lucky! Positive experiences when interviewing LA's and Agencies re: being gay FC's

BAAFAdoption
RT @Threebecomefour: @bluegrass_ryan Congratulations!! We're just about to celebrate 2 years. Still can't believe it! #adoptfosterchat

BAAFAdoption
If you need info/advice about becoming an adoptive parent/foster carer, visit our LGBT pages: bit.ly/AEDjYn #adoptfosterchat

BAAFAdoption
@valwarr Great to hear your determination! #adoptfosterchat

valwarr
#adoptfosterchat it wad really hard. But we stuck with the LA. One bad apple did not ruin the whole bunch!

BAAFAdoption
Excellent! A good experience? RT @KallyBlueEyes: #adoptfosterchat It's been 9 years since my Aunties adopted my cousins ^_^

KallyBlueEyes
#adoptfosterchat It's been 9 years since my Aunties adopted my cousins ^_^

BAAFAdoption
@lgbtadoptfoster Congrats Mat! #adoptfosterchat

BAAFAdoption
@valwarr It's an on-going process to educate sws - but hopefully we'll get there #adoptfosterchat

boopybreeze
@valwarr @baafadoption #adoptfosterchat what was homophobic? The LA?? Can you give example??

lgbtadoptfoster
@bluegrass_ryan Congrats! I'm preparing for our arrival in 4 weeks time! (via Mat) #adoptfosterchat

BAAFAdoption
Congrats! RT @bluegrass_ryan: Today we're celebrating the one year anniversary of our two girls moving in. #adoptfosterchat

valwarr
@BAAFAdoption #adoptfosterchat the LA were shocked to hear how #homophobic the questioning of them was. Very very negative in tone

BAAFAdoption
@_TwoDads Ooh - what can you share with us? #adoptfosterchat

bluegrass_ryan
Today we're celebrating the one year anniversary of our two girls moving in. #adoptfosterchat

_TwoDads
@BAAFAdoption #adoptfosterchat evening! went to an preparation session for the Nottingham event, there's plenty planned :-)

BAAFAdoption
RT @lgbtadoptfoster: @boopybreeze Tameside tomorrow night-any use? More events here ow.ly/9cAwr #adoptfosterchat

lgbtadoptfoster
@boopybreeze Tameside tomorrow night-any use? More events here ow.ly/9cAwr #adoptfosterchat

valwarr
Was very scary feeling we had nowhere to turn with our concerns. It has taken over a year to come clean with the LA. #adoptfosterchat

BAAFAdoption
Some great LGBT adoption & fostering stories on our blog this month: bit.ly/h7qn9v #adoptfosterchat

BAAFAdoption
@valwarr Glad you have new sw - if you need advice, call our lines later this week: bit.ly/mFGCam #adoptfosterchat

boopybreeze
@lgbtadoptfoster whats going on in Manchester #adoptfosterchat

valwarr
#adoptfosterchat partner & I suffered with a judgemental and homophobic sw & only just had a change. We felt trapped with her & hid feelings

BAAFAdoption
RT @Lawsey1974: @BAAFAdoption No complaints.Our social worker was lovely and so supportive. Being2 mums made no difference. #adoptfosterchat

BAAFAdoption
Excellent! Anyone else? RT @boopybreeze: @BAAFAdoption have been posting stuff on facebook and raising profile at work!! #adoptfosterchat

lgbtadoptfoster
Yes @baafadoption it's going great. Loads of good feedback from events & we've been tweeting loads of media feature links. #adoptfosterchat

BAAFAdoption
@Lawsey1974 How was the adoption process for you and your partner? #adoptfosterchat

BAAFAdoption
You too! RT @Threebecomefour: @BAAFAdoption Hi there. Good to "see" you! #adoptfosterchat

BAAFAdoption
How is the week going, @lgbtadoptfoster? Lots more lined up? #adoptfosterchat

lgbtadoptfoster
@baafadoption evening all! #adoptfosterchat

BAAFAdoption
Yesterday marked the start of LGBT Adoption & Fostering Week, launched by @lgbtadoptfoster.What have you done to celebrate? #adoptfosterchat

BAAFAdoption
Hi all! Welcome to #adoptfosterchat, this month focusing on LGBT adoption & fostering

BAAFAdoption
@boopybreeze Oops - good thinking! @DIVAmagazine - join us in a few mins for LGBT #adoptfosterchat? bit.ly/wuEq00

boopybreeze
RT @danielfrench: Dear gays. @BAAFAdoption is discussing LGBT adoption & fostering tonight 7-8pm. Follow #adoptfosterchat & join the chat.

NCLW12
RT @lgbtadoptfoster: Join us & @BAAFAdoption tonight at 7pm on Twitter follwing #adoptfosterchat for a Q&A session bit.ly/wuEq00

lgbtadoptfoster
RT @baafadoption: #britawards don't start until 8pm - so could can join us for #adoptfosterchat at 7! bit.ly/wuEq00

BAAFAdoption
#britawards don't start until 8pm - so could can join us for #adoptfosterchat at 7! bit.ly/wuEq00

BAAFAdoption
You can also follow tonight's #adoptfosterchat on our blog: bit.ly/h7qn9v

drjamiewallis
RT @BAAFAdoption: A reminder to join us tonight for LGBT #adoptfosterchat: bit.ly/wuEq00 // cc @A_Barton @NickyAACampbell @lisafaulkner1

BAAFAdoption
RT @lgbtadoptfoster: Join us & @BAAFAdoption tonight at 7pm on Twitter follwing #adoptfosterchat for a Q&A session bit.ly/wuEq00

lgbtadoptfoster
Join us & @BAAFAdoption tonight at 7pm on Twitter follwing #adoptfosterchat for a Q&A session bit.ly/wuEq00

Threebecomefour
@BAAFAdoption Hope your chat goes well tonight! #adoptfosterchat

Threebecomefour
RT @BAAFAdoption: 4 hours until #adoptfosterchat! Who's joining us?

BAAFAdoption
4 hours until #adoptfosterchat! Who's joining us?

BAAFAdoption
Join us tonight for LGBT #adoptfosterchat: bit.ly/wuEq00 // cc @AttitudeMag @GayTimesMag

SoSoGay
RT @danielfrench: Dear gays. @BAAFAdoption is discussing LGBT adoption & fostering tonight 7-8pm. Follow #adoptfosterchat & join the chat.

TmStvns
RT @danielfrench: Dear gays. @BAAFAdoption is discussing LGBT adoption & fostering tonight 7-8pm. Follow #adoptfosterchat & join the chat.

danielfrench
More info here: baaf.org.uk/node/3992 #adoptfosterchat

danielfrench
Dear gays. @BAAFAdoption is discussing LGBT adoption & fostering tonight 7-8pm. Follow #adoptfosterchat & join the chat.

boopybreeze
#adoptfosterchat looking forward to tonights chat!

fosteringnet
RT @BAAFAdoption: A reminder to join us tonight for LGBT #adoptfosterchat: bit.ly/wuEq00 // cc @fosteringnet @PACTCHARITY @TACTcare @theNSPCC

PACTCHARITY
RT @BAAFAdoption: A reminder to join us tonight for LGBT #adoptfosterchat: bit.ly/wuEq00 // cc @fosteringnet @PACTCHARITY @TACTcare @theNSPCC

lgbtadoptfoster
RT @BAAFAdoption: A reminder to join us tonight for LGBT #adoptfosterchat: bit.ly/wuEq00 // cc @WhoCaresTrust @lgbtadoptfoster

Coram
As part of LGBT adoption and fostering week @baafadoption are having an #adoptfosterchat at 7pm bit.ly/wuEq00 ...

NickyAACampbell
RT @BAAFAdoption: A reminder to join us tonight for LGBT #adoptfosterchat: bit.ly/wuEq00 // cc @A_Barton @NickyAACampbell @lisafaulkner1

BAAFAdoption
A reminder to join us tonight for LGBT #adoptfosterchat: bit.ly/wuEq00 // cc @WhoCaresTrust @lgbtadoptfoster

lisafaulkner1
RT @BAAFAdoption: A reminder to join us tonight for LGBT #adoptfosterchat: bit.ly/wuEq00 // cc @A_Barton @NickyAACampbell @lisafaulkner1

BAAFAdoption
A reminder to join us tonight for LGBT #adoptfosterchat: bit.ly/wuEq00 // cc @fosteringnet @PACTCHARITY @TACTcare @theNSPCC

BAAFAdoption
A reminder to join us tonight for LGBT #adoptfosterchat: bit.ly/wuEq00 // cc @AdoptionUK @aslongasittakes @barnardos @Coram

BAAFAdoption
A reminder to join us tonight for LGBT #adoptfosterchat: bit.ly/wuEq00 // cc @A_Barton @NickyAACampbell @lisafaulkner1

netnatives
RT @baafadoption: BAAF holding Twitter Chat as part of LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week on Tuesday 21st February 7-8 pm #adoptfosterchat

lgbtadoptfoster
RT @baafadoption: Join us tomorrow, 7-8pm to discuss LGBT adoption & fostering: bit.ly/wuEq00 #adoptfosterchat #lgbtadoptfoster

bellymunchie
RT @BAAFAdoption: Join us tomorrow, 7-8pm to discuss LGBT adoption & fostering: bit.ly/wuEq00 #adoptfosterchat // cc @lgbtadoptfoster

BAAFAdoption
Join us tomorrow, 7-8pm to discuss LGBT adoption & fostering: bit.ly/wuEq00 #adoptfosterchat // cc @lgbtadoptfoster

BAAFAdoption
Calling all LGBT peeps with adoption/fostering experience - or those considering adoption/fostering! bit.ly/wuEq00 #adoptfosterchat

BAAFAdoption
Join us? @LGBTadoptfoster RT @danielfrench: Join us Tue,Feb 21 7-8pm 2discuss LGBT adoption&fostering bit.ly/wuEq00 #adoptfosterchat


For more information about LGBT Adoption & Fostering, visit the main BAAF website. To find books about the subject, head to our online bookstore.






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