Different constellations and shining stars: lesbian parents’ voices on accessing healthcare for their adopted children.

As part of LBT Womens Health Week, Lucy Kelsall-Knight from the University of Birmingham School of Nursing will be delivering a lunchtime seminar about her research:

The past few decades have seen significant changes in family demographics. It is now more common for parents to be lesbians and in 2019, 1 in 7 children in England were adopted by same-sex parents. Adopted children have an increased incidence of additional healthcare needs, and therefore dental and medical appointments, in comparison to children who remain with their biological parents. This study focused, through the use of narrative inquiry, on the voices of lesbian parents with regards to accessing healthcare for their adopted children.

The research showed that there was an undercurrent of discriminatory practice, shown by various healthcare professionals within the NHS in England, and a lack of understanding of the adoption process, knowledge surrounding the child’s history, and legal stance with regards to parental responsibility.

Date: Monday 9th March

Time: 12-1:30pm

Venue: Murray Learning Centre, room UG10 (University of Birmingham campus)

Organiser: University of Birmingham Rainbow Network


All welcome and light refreshments will be provided.

Author: National LGB&T Partnership

The National LGB&T Partnership is an England-wide group of 10 LGB&T voluntary and community organisations who are committed to reducing the health inequalities of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities and to challenging homophobia, biphobia and transphobia within public services. The Partnership aim: o To ensure that tackling the health inequalities experienced by LGB&T people is kept high on the government’s agenda o That best use is made of the experience and expertise found within the LGB&T voluntary and community sector o To support the sustainability of the LGB&T sector so it can engage with government and statutory bodies, such as the Department of Health, at a strategic level to improve service delivery The Partnership complements the work of The Consortium of LGB&T VCOs by having The Consortium is an executive member of The Partnership and responding to key areas of policy development that affect LGB&T individuals as well as policy that impacts on our sector. Since inception, The Partnership has responded to a vast number of government and Department of Health white papers and consultations of relevance to the LGB&T sector and its communities as a Strategic Partner to the Department of Health, which gives us a platform and opportunity to influence positive changes for LGB&T people and reduce health inequalities in public services.

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