Matt Taylor-Roberts (he/him) is a passionate advocate and a prominent figure in the realm of supporting LGBT+ parents/carers and their children. As the Founder and Managing Director of Proud 2 b Parents, an esteemed organization with over a decade of impactful service, Matt has been at the forefront of championing inclusivity, acceptance, and empowerment within the community.
With his personal journey as a parent through adoption alongside his husband, Matt brings a unique perspective to his work. Their experiences have shaped him into a dedicated advocate for equity, awareness and change of practice across a variety of sectors. Much of these experiences have fuelled the development in training provided by Proud 2 b Parents.
In addition to his role at Proud 2 b Parents, Matt is deeply engaged in various roles that further his commitment to the welfare of children and families. As a valued member of a regional adoption agency, he serves as an independent panel member, ensuring the EDI and well-being are at the forefront for prospective adoptees and placement matches. Simultaneously, his involvement in a local foster agency allows him to actively contribute to fostering a caring and supportive network for children in need of a loving home.
Recognised for his expertise and insight, Matt is an integral part of the Department of Health and Education Adoption Reference Group. His contributions play a pivotal role in shaping adoption policies and practices, ensuring they are responsive and sensitive to the diverse needs of the LGBT+ community.
Moreover, Matt’s dedication to excellence is evident in his involvement with the CormaBAAF development steering group for assessment paperwork. By actively participating in this group, he has been instrumental in enhancing the assessment process, making it more efficient and compassionate for prospective parents and carers.
As an LGBT+ representative for Adoption Voice, Matt takes immense pride in amplifying the voices of individuals within the community, striving to foster a more inclusive and understanding environment for all involved in the adoption process.
Beyond his professional endeavours, Matt and his husband are also foster carers, extending their warmth and care to two children currently in long-term placement. Their commitment to providing a loving and nurturing home for these children demonstrates their unwavering dedication to improving the lives of young individuals.
Drawing from a rich background of experience, Matt has previously worked for a local council under the directorate of children’s services. His hands-on involvement in the public sector has given him a deep understanding of the complexities involved in safeguarding and supporting vulnerable children and families.
Matt Taylor-Robert’s profound commitment to fostering a supportive and inclusive community for LGBT+ parents/carers and their children is evident in every facet of his work. A highly respected and influential figure in the field, Matt continues to inspire positive change and create a brighter, more compassionate future for families and children everywhere. As a speaker, his insights and expertise are sure to leave a lasting impact on all those attending his talks.
Matt’s work has also been involved and recognised by various esteemed organizations and events, including:
Diversity Awards Finalist in 2020: Nominated for his exceptional efforts in promoting diversity and inclusivity within the LGBT+ community, Matt’s commitment to supporting LGBT+ parents/carers and their children earned him a well-deserved spot among the finalists of the prestigious Diversity Awards.
Co-Curator of Family Pride MCR: As a co-curator of this first, Matt has played a pivotal role in creating an inclusive platform that celebrates the diversity and strength of LGBT+ families, fostering a sense of community and belonging.
Creator of the ‘Unseen Community’ Exhibit: Through his creative vision, Matt has developed an inspiring exhibit that highlights the unique stories and experiences of LGBT+ parents/carers, exploring the dark of discrimination faced by the LGBT+ parent/carer community, and the light of family life.
Public Health Commissioned Advocate: Matt’s expertise in public health has led to a special commission to develop awareness of the trauma experienced by LGBT+ parents/carers, paving the way for increased understanding and support within the healthcare system.