Call for more LGBT foster carers ahead of awareness week

Archived: Posted March 2, 2016

We are calling for more gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) single people and couples to consider becoming foster carers. The call, ahead of LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week 7-13 March, reinforces the positive contribution LGBT foster carers make helping children and young people.

We’ve built up a reputation as one of the leaders in championing and supporting LGBT foster carers.  We were one of the first independent fostering agencies to offer LGBT diversity training for all their carers and staff, and 2016 marks six consecutive years of being recognised in the Stonewall Top 100 employer’s listings as one of the UK’s most gay friendly organisations.

Frank Ward, LGBT diversity champion at FCA, said: “We have amazing foster carers, and from the outset FCA only recruit people from across the community who are open to diversity and inclusion. We’re committed to developing a cohort of supportive carers, both for each other and the children and young people they look after.

Boy with two male foster carers

“I’m really excited about the development of our new LGBT strategy which will see us introduce even more initiatives to support our LGBT carers, staff and young people. Our underlying message is that fostering is open to everyone, and it’s up to FCA to provide a safe and welcoming community to support and develop our carers.”

Approximately 5% of the our foster carers are LGBT, a percentage that we’re aiming to increase. We’ll be attending more LGBT events across the country, as well as hosting specific information and recruitment events to communicate that fostering is an incredibly rewarding life choice which is open to everyone.

Read more about some of our foster carers from the LGBT community. For more information on becoming a foster carer with FCA please get in touch.

 

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