As part of its ongoing work to ensure more children are placed in loving, stable homes, Plymouth City Council is supporting LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week (Monday 5 to Sunday 11 March).
The Council is particularly looking for homes for older children and brothers and sisters. One in ten adoptions in England in 2017 were to same-sex couples.
Cllr Terri Beer, Cabinet Member for Children Young People and Families said: “We know from experience that LGBT people often come to adoption and fostering with an open mind and real enthusiasm, as it is often their first choice for growing their family.
“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 getting in touch to find out more.
Now in its eighth year, LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week is organised by New Family Social, a charity that supports LGBT adopters and foster carers across the UK.
Among those fostering are secondary school Vice Principal, Tracy Ashton and her partner Amanda Gilbert. Tracy said: “I’d considered fostering for some time and Amanda and I had been together for nine years when we decided to apply to foster.
“The most rewarding thing about foster care is having an additional member of our family who contributes love, excitement, tension and frustration in equal measure but who ultimately brings pleasure at every turn.
“I would encourage others to foster – go to an information evening, find out the fact from the fiction as there are so many myths out there about age, sexuality, relationship status, gender, employment status etc. Most people who think they won’t be eligible will be.”
Alison Barker, Service Manager for Permanency Service said: “As a council we are proud of the contribution of our LGBT adopters and carers and fully support LGBT people through their assessment, approval and support following placement. We have a number of young people of all ages who require permanency via adoption and fostering, and we hope that National LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week encourages many more from the LGBT community to consider fostering or adoption.”