Plymouth City Council is urging more people to consider adoption and fostering during this year’s annual LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week (2-8 March).
The Council is keen to remind people that they recruit and assess carers from a wide range of backgrounds with the same sensitivity and consideration in each case; this includes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual couples or single carers.
LGBT week continues to raise the profile of fostering and adoption within the LGBT community by organising recruitment and awareness events throughout the UK.
Potential LGBT adoptive parents and foster carers can also learn about the process, hear real stories from parents who have already become a family through adoption or fostering and have the opportunity to mingle with other prospective parents and foster carers face to face at regular information evenings held by the council.
Colin and his partner adopted an eight-year-old boy two years ago with Plymouth City Council year. Colin said: “Adopting our son has made such a huge difference to our lives; it was something we didn’t ever think we could do. We thought about fostering first and everyone was so accepting and supportive that we just thought why not make this a permanent arrangement. The fact that we’re a same sex couple was never a problem at all.”
Councillor Sue McDonald, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Public Health said: “There has been a significant increase over the last couple of years of children coming into care in Plymouth needing loving foster homes or adopted families.
“Currently only a tiny percentage of our adopters and foster carers come from the LGBT community, and we would like to see this number increase. All applicants for both fostering and adoption are guaranteed to receive excellent support from a small, committed and friendly team, with a wealth of experience”
For more information visit www.lgbtadoptfosterweek.org.uk or to find out more about adoption and fostering in Plymouth go to www.adoptforplymouth.co.uk www.fosterforplymouth.co.uk