Starting a family should be the happiest time for any parent but I know from personal experience how challenging it can be especially for those who find it hard to conceive naturally.
I explored many options to starting a family, including surrogacy, before deciding to adopt both of my wonderful children. It was tough for me ten years ago but battling through the various ways of having a child still remains a struggle for many because there simply still isn’t enough support or information available. This needs to change and is why I am proud be supporting the Alternative Parenting Show because the initiative helps to open the door to would-be parents by providing expert advice on the options available to them.
The Alternative Parenting Show is vital to giving people hope of starting a family whether that is through surrogacy, IVF, adoption or fostering. There are some great people out there ready to be parents; Alternative Parenting Week is ready to help them.
Previous Alternative Parenting Show Ambassadors
Heather Peace is best known for starring in television dramas, such as Waterloo Road, Lip Service and London's Burning, as well as playing in sold-out solo tours with her band. The actress and musician and her wife, Ellie Peace, welcomed their baby girl, Annie Mary Peace, into the world this April, saying they were on cloud nine and that she knows times are changing [for same-sex parents] because they've only received positive comments.
Sophie Ward is an actor and writer from North London. She has worked in film, television and theatre and writes a regular column for g3 magazine. In 1996, Sophie met her partner Rena, and they came out as a couple. Together, they raised Sophie’s two children from her previous marriage, who were 3 and 7 years old at the time. As a family, they faced the particular challenges, as well as the advantages, of being an alternative family in a small rural community. Sophie is currently studying for her PhD at Goldsmiths and is touring in Agatha Christie’s play, Go back For Murder.
Read Sophie in The Guardian here
Charlie Condou is best known for playing Marcus Dent in ITV soap Coronation Street since 2007. As well as being a keen LGBT advocate he has experience as gay parent having two children, Georgia and Hal, in a co-parenting arrangement with his close friend Catherine Kanter. Charlie lives in London with his partner Cameron, who shares responsibility for the children. Charlie has been extremely vocal about his experiences as a gay father; writing a column in The Guardian and also speaking at the 2013 Alternative Parenting Show and on both BBC News and BBC Radio 5 live.
Read Charlie in The Guardian here