chapter  4
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We are family

This chapter considers the many ways families with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) parents are formed. It focuses on families where the children were born in previous heterosexual relationships, families where the children were born as a result of insemination and families where the children are fostered or adopted. It has never actively been against the law for lesbians and gay men to adopt children; however, it wasn't until the Adoption and Children Act 2005 that unmarried couples were allowed to adopt children for the first time. Some will argue that having LGBT parents is an added burden for children who have already had to deal with difficult and painful situations. The poem 'Dziecko Child' gives the adult perspective on not having a name that fits easily with who the parent is in the life of the child.