Have you ever considered fostering or adoption?
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people in Plymouth are being encouraged by Plymouth City Council’s Fostering and Adoption Service to consider becoming adopters and foster carers.
There are currently more than 400 children and young people in care and the council is supporting LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week, which runs from March 2 to 8, to encourage more people to come forward and help provide much needed homes for children and young people in Plymouth.
Councillor Sue McDonald, Cabinet Member for Children Young People and Families, said: “Plymouth City Council is proud to support LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week.
“Sadly some people still think that they cannot foster or adopt because of their sexuality, but this is simply not true and we want to encourage more people from the LGBT community to come forward.
“We know from experience that people from the LGBT community make fantastic adoptive parents and foster carers, helping vulnerable children and young people to flourish.”
Adopters and foster carers can be single, in a civil partnership, married or unmarried, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or heterosexual.
Foster carers and adopters must be over 21, have space in their home and be able to provide a child/children with a loving, stable home.
The council will also be illuminating the iconic Smeatons Tower in different colours of the rainbow everyday throughout LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week.
Andrea Powell, Service Manager for Permanency 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.”
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, 1 in 8 adoptions in England in 2018 were to same-sex couples.
Councillor McDonald 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.”