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LGBT parenting links

Disclaimer – this is not an exhaustive list and should not be interpreted as an endorsement of any organisation or website. Information is correct as of May 2011

Birmingham and Dudley
Support Groups for LGBT Parenting

LGBT family group (Dudley)
A group of LGBT women and men with
children, living as a family, or in the process of or thinking about starting a family, meeting for peer support and for children to meet other children with diverse families.
Meets last Wednesday of each month 6.00-7.30pm.
Please make contact before attending.
Summit House Support, Martin Hill Street, Dudley DY2 8RT
Tel Rachel 01384 243220 / 07976 956085

Pink Parents
A social and networking group for all lesbian and gay parents and their children.

Birmingham and West Midlands Services Related to Becoming a Parent
Birmingham City Council Adoption and Fostering Service
The leading agency for adoption and fostering in Birmingham that is responsible for all of Birmingham’s looked after children.

Clinics in the Midlands
(These clinics offer a mixture of donor insemination or IVF or both)
• Birmingham Women’s Hospital
• BMI Priory Hospital
• Centre for Reproductive Medicine (Coventry)
• Good Hope Hospital NHS Trust
• Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust (Solihull)
• Midlands Fertility Services
• St. Jude’s Women’s Hospital
More information on each clinic and their services is available at

Gay Family Web
Co-parenting, egg and sperm donation, surrogacy, counselling (has a Birmingham Office base)

HGL (Healthy Gay Life)
General Counselling and Psychotherapy. Mental and sexual health for lesbians, bisexuals, gay men and trans people with a choice of male or female counsellors.
Tel : 0121 446 1085 or 07976919481
There are many other options to obtain counselling and psychotherapy.
Speak to your GP or search for a therapist via these organisations:
• BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists)
• UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy)
• Pink Therapy

There are other regional local authorities and many other private
organisations offering adopting and fostering services too.
There are other web based sites offering services for coparenting,
egg and sperm donation and donor matching.
Try a google search

Birmingham and Bromsgrove Support Groups for Families of LGBT People

Birmingham Parents Support Group
For family and friends of Lesbians and Gay Men – meets 1st Wednesday monthly in Solihull

New Road Parents
Bromsgrove and surrounding areas.
Supporting parents of LGBT people. Meets monthly on 3rd Tuesday.
Tel Margaret 07974811443

National LGBT Family Support Groups
Children with LGBT parents
A small group set up to support and advise people who have parents who are lesbian, gay or bisexual. The group is a chapter of COLAGE, an American group which support the children of LGB parents.
Tel: 07752 418 947 Email:

Gay Dads UK
An online support group for all gay dads in the UK

Gay Mums UK
An online support website for all gay mums in the UK

Lesbian and Gay Fostering and Adoption Parents Network
Offers support and advice to same-sex
parents who have or are thinking of adoption and fostering

New Family Social
A support and advice organisation for same sex parents who are planning to or have already adopted

National LGBT Family Weblinks
Beyond Barriers
LGBT parenting Issues
www.beyondbarriers.o s/parenting/default.html

Lesbian and Gay Foundation
Parenting pages

NHS Choices
NHS Choices
Parent care, LGBT Parents
Gay Health, having a child ect/guide/parentcarers/ Pages/LGBTparents.aspx LGBhealth/Pages/Havingch ildren.aspx

Natalie Gamble Associates,
UK’s leading legal experts in fertility and parenting law, covering UK and international surrogacy, donor conception, fertility treatment, gay and lesbian parenting and complex children law.

Out for Our Children
Books and resources that reflect our
children’s lives and family experiences

Stonewall Parenting pages
Different families – the experiences of children with lesbian and gay parents at_home/parenting/default.a sp ces/4122.asp

National Parenting Websites (Non-LGBT Specific)

Choice Moms
A supportive, welcoming, educational
environment for single women who
consciously decide to become mothers
without a partner

HFEA (Human Fertilisation
and Embryo Authority)
Dedicated to licensing and monitoring UK fertility clinics and all UK research involving human embryos, and providing impartial and authoritative information to the public.

NCT (National Childbirth Trust)
UK’s leading charity for parents helping
through pregnancy, birth and early days of parenthood, offering antenatal and postnatal courses, local support and reliable information to help all parents.

Rights for Women
Free legal advice for women by women by phone. Downloadable information sheets & confidential advice
Tel: 020 7251 6577

Single mothers by choice
Offers support and information to single
women who are considering motherhood and to single mothers by choice

National Parenting Support Groups (Non-LGBT Specific)
Adoption UK A national charity run by and for adopters, providing self-help information, advice, support and training on all aspects of adoption
and adoptive parenting
Tel: 01295 752240
Helpline: 0844 848 7900

British Association of
Adoption and Fostering
An organisation which campaigns on and offers information about adoption and fostering, to all those individuals and agencies involved
Tel: 020 7421 2600
Helpline: 0113 289 1144

COTS (Childlessness Overcome Through Surrogacy)
An organisation offering support and advice to people about having a child through surrogacy
Helpline: 01549 402 777

Donor Conception Network
A self-help network of over 1,600 families created with the help of donated eggs, sperm or embryos; couples and individuals seeking
to found a family this way; and adults
conceived using a donor (includes specific groups and information for lesbian couples and single women).

Provides advice and practical support for single parents

Infertility Network UK
The UK’s leading infertility support network, offers information and support to anyone affected by fertility problems

OASIS (Overseas Adoption Support and Information Service)
A national parent to parent support group for families at all stages of the inter-country adoption process.

Parentline Plus
Offers a free 24/7 parents helpline, providing parenting advice and parental guidance, on a wide range of parenting issues.
Helpline: 0808 800 2222
Opening hours: 24 hours

Post Adoption Centre
Supports anyone affected by adoption,
including adoptive and foster parents and their children, and prospective adopters
Helpline: 020 7284 5879

Pregnancy Advisory Service
Providing help to women with an unplanned pregnancy, or a pregnancy they choose not to continue with

Surrogacy UK
A UK based voluntary organisation that
provides information and support for anyone with an interest in surrogacy. They are happy to support same-sex couples who are interested in surrogacy

Thanks to Siobhan for researching these links. If you have other suggestions please add a comment to this page (use box below).


2 Responses to "LGBT parenting links"
Social network for LGBT parents across the UK. 🙂
A social network group for lesbian & gay parents.
We are simply hoping to create a network of same-sex families with whom we can share some fun, offer support, and show our children similar families.

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