Plymouth City Council is aiming to raise the need for more people to come forward and offer a vulnerable a child a loving home as part of National LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week.
There are currently more than 400 children and young people in care and the City Council is supporting the awareness week (Monday 6 to Sunday 12 March), which aims to raise the profile of fostering and adoption in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
The Adoption and Fostering Team have teamed at with Pride in Plymouth and will be holding an Information Evening specifically for the LGBT community on Wednesday 10th March at Café Kiss from 6pm to 8:30pm. The evening will give people the opportunity to talk directly to one of the Council’s experienced Social Workers, as well as hearing directly from LGBT adopters and foster carers.
Councillor Terri Beer, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People said: “We need people with stability, love and resourcefulness who can help and support a child with whatever needs they may have. Our information evenings are a good way to seek answers about any aspect of adoption and fostering and we hope to see more people from the LGBT community making enquiries following this special week of activity.”
Now in its 7th year, LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week is organised by New Family Social, a charity that supports LGBT adopters and foster carers across the UK.
More LGBT adopters and foster carers are needed to provide loving, stable homes for children in Plymouth, particularly for older children and brothers and sisters. Nationally, only one in 10 adoptions in England in 2015 were to same-sex couples.
Alison Barker, Service Manager for Permanency Service said: “We understand that for some people the assessment process may seem daunting but our social workers are fully committed to supporting people from that initial enquiry right through the assessment process approval and beyond.”
Fostering is a way to make a real positive difference to a child’s life, providing children and young people with a stable and loving home and the support and encouragement they need to flourish and do well. Fostering for Plymouth City Council also offers full training, support and the opportunity to learn new skills.
Councillor Beer added: “We are very proud of the contribution our adopters and carers from the LGBT community make towards the turning around the lives of some of the most vulnerable children in the UK.”