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LESBIAN, GAY, BI-SEXUAL AND TRANSGENDER (LGBT) FOSTER CARERS AND ADOPTERS - WE NEED YOU!

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Adoption and Fostering Week, 7-13 March 2016

 

As part of LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week, Bedford Borough Council is holding an event on Wednesday 9 March from 6.15pm – 8.30pm at Borough Hall, in Cauldwell Street, Bedford, for potential parents from all walks of life to come and hear more about the process of fostering and adoption, if they are considering it as something they would love to do. 

 

Nationally, 1 in 12 adoptions in 2015 were to same-sex couples. 

 

More adopters and foster carers are needed to provide loving, stable homes for Bedford Borough children, particularly for those children over four years old and sibling groups.

 

Cllr Shan Hunt, Portfolio Holder for Children’s Social Care at Bedford Borough Council, said: “We know from experience that LGBT people come to adoption and fostering with an open mind and real enthusiasm, as it’s often their first choice for growing their family. Some of our children have had a traumatic start to life, and we’ve seen them thrive with their new parents.”

 

“You can be single, over 40 and you don’t need to own your own home to consider foster caring or adoption. We need people with stability, love and resourcefulness who can help children who have many needs.”

 

Now in its fifth year, LGBT Adoption & Fostering Week is organised by New Family Social, a charity that supports LGBT adopters and foster carers across the UK.

 

Tor Docherty, New Family Social’s Chief Executive, said: “Record numbers of LGBT people now choose to adopt or foster. But 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 Bedford Borough Council is supporting the week and trying to encourage more LGBT people to explore adoption or foster caring.”

 

If you are interested in becoming one of Bedford Borough's fantastic foster carers or adopters, get in touch with the team on 01234 718718 for more information. Alternatively, email adoptionandfostering@bedford.gov.uk

or visit www.bedford.gov.uk/adoptionandfostering

 

 

For further information on ‘LGBT adoption or foster caring’ visit

http://www.lgbtadoptfosterweek.org.uk/

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