LGBT people urged to consider fostering and adoption
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people are being urged to consider adoption and fostering during the sixth national LGBT Adoption & Fostering Week, which runs from 6th to 10th March.
Gloucestershire County Council needs more LGBT adopters and foster carers to provide loving, stable homes for children in Gloucestershire, particularly for sibling groups and teenagers.
According to New Family Social, the national charity that co-ordinates the week, record numbers of LGBT individuals and couples now adopt and foster in the UK but with some 70,000 children in care in England alone, there is still a real need for more LGBT people to consider adoption or fostering.
When Paul and Michael adopted with Gloucestershire County Council four years ago, they met their two little boys, and their lives changed forever. They haven’t had a quiet or dull moment since. “We have had a really positive experience with Gloucestershire, they have offered support all the way through the process, and we remain in regular contact with the team. It is great to know that as the boys have grown, they've been there to help.”
Cllr Paul McLain, cabinet member for children and young people, says: “We know from experience that LGBT people come to adoption and fostering with an open mind and real enthusiasm – it’s often their first choice for growing their family.
“You can be single, over 40 and you don’t need to own your own home to consider fostering or adoption. We need people with stability, love and resourcefulness who can who can help a child with whatever needs they may have.”
Tor Docherty, New Family Social’s chief executive, said: “YouGov polling shows many believe they’ll be discriminated against by agencies, with eight in ten lesbian, gay and bisexual people expecting to face barriers if they apply to become foster parents.
“We’re delighted that Gloucestershire County Council is supporting the week and trying to encourage more LGBT people to explore adoption or foster caring.”