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
Venue: Murray Learning Centre, room UG10 (University of Birmingham campus)
Organiser: University of Birmingham Rainbow Network
All welcome and light refreshments will be provided.