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1 in 7 adoptions in England in 2019 were to same-sex couples. But LGBT+ applicants still have an expectation of discrimination. 

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A word from...... James Lawrence, Communications & Engagement Manager

Another week of lockdown kicks off with another public holiday. But unlike in a usual year, for many of us there’s little to distinguish a Bank Holiday from any other day in the year. After weeks confined to our local areas and with meet-ups with friends unable to take place it’s easy to treat it as any other Monday.

But it’s important to remember that taking an enforced break from work – or whatever your current routine is – is still useful. As an adoptive parent or foster carer you need to be as refreshed as possible to best support your child – so making the most of a public holiday to do just that, can be critical. Take the time to indulge yourself to do just that – whether that means quietly sketching by yourself for an hour, making an unplanned phone call to a friend, lying on your bed listening to your favourite music or binge-watching Judge Judy or listening to the latest ep of our podcast.

Simply taking the time to refresh and revive your spirits will help you return to parenting with renewed vigour. It isn’t selfish or irresponsible to need to reclaim some time for ‘you’. If you’re in a relationship, make sure your partner gets their time too – if it’s possible you can tag team with them on parenting duties.

So, if you’re tempted to check your work emails on your public holiday, resist it if you can. If your child wants you to engage on a three hour Monopoly marathon or another sing through of Frozen, make a deal with them that you’ll need an hour to yourself first. And if you’re parenting a young child, try to fight the waves of tiredness that come when they have a nap – and take some time for you. Because you’re worth it!

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adoptions in England in 2019 were to same-sex  couples

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