Category Archives: Planning

Welcome to the We Are Family magazine library, Planning section.

Planning is for anyone thinking about starting an ‘alternative’ family, whether it’s still just a thought, an idea to consider, or your decision has been made and it’s time to explore your options and take positive steps forward – this section is for you.

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Foster with Leicestershire County Council

Leicestershire County Council welcomes LGBT+ people, single or in couples, who are interested in fostering It doesn’t matter who you are – it’s the little things that mean so much to a child in care. From watching cartoons and going swimming together, to having their own seat at the dinner table and knowing you’ll be…
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Extraordinary surrogacy journeys for gay dads

Increasingly both single gay men and gay couples are engaging in surrogacy to fulfill their dream of fatherhood. Sam Everingham profiles two extraordinary journeys from dads who will be at Families Through Surrogacy’s fifth conference for intended parents in March. “For gay men in particular international surrogacy is a fast moving minefield with many risks.…
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Improving success for IVF patients

IVF is a great way to start a family but it can be a stressful process. GENNET City Fertility clinic in London offers professional counselling to people going through IVF to reduce stress and improve their chances of conception For same-sex couples, single women and couples who have had difficulties conceiving naturally, IVF (in vitro…
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Creating families through surrogacy – gay style

Starting a family via surrogacy has become increasingly common amongst gay men, despite constant changes in rules affecting availability in other countries. When Thailand, India, Nepal & Cambodia all froze access to surrogacy for foreigners, many gay men were left with embryos stranded. Meanwhile, providers in the USA, Canada and South East Asia have stepped…
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Raising awareness for LGBT adoption & fostering

Hertfordshire County Council is supporting this year’s sixth annual LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) Adoption and Fostering Week to help raise awareness about the need for more adopters and foster carers throughout the county. LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week runs from March 6-12 and aims to reach potential adoptive parents and foster carers with…
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Calling all kinds of loving families

It should be a fact of life for every child – a loving family and a safe home where they can grow up happy and content. Unfortunately, more than 2,000 children across the UK are currently awaiting adoption, still hoping for that security and permanency in their lives. For older children, sibling groups, children with…
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Count yourself in to fostering

Becoming a foster parent can be a rewarding career. You will change the life of a child for the better as well as get the opportunity to develop your own skills and grow as a person, all of this with support and training and you’ll earn an allowance at the same time. Richard, a Foster…
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Gender-neutral parenting: an in-depth guide

Many parents-to-be are frustrated by the social limitations of gender stereotyping. They don’t want their girls to only play with tea sets and dolls or their boys to be dressed only in blue pretending to be policemen and playing with diggers and trucks. Gender-neutral parenting gives children free choice and nurtures creativity, self-awareness and identity…
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Parental orders: a vital step for families following surrogacy

Surrogacy is an increasingly common route to parenthood for both LGBT and heterosexual couples. The number of parents finishing their surrogacy journey with an application for a parental order in England has risen every year since 2009-10, with 295 applications made in the past year. But does this figure tell the whole story when it…
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Types of fostering placements

Short-term/task-centered fostering There will be a task centered plan for this child with specific tasks such as integrating them back into their family within six months. There may be specific work that needs to be done with the child around behavioral issues such as setting firm boundaries. Leaving care A young person reaching adult age…
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