Foster with pride – campaign to find more LGBT carers

Archived: Posted February 23, 2015

With LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week coming up on 2nd – 8th March, we’re stepping-up our call for more gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) singles and couples to consider fostering.

Foster with prideWe’ve worked hard at building up our reputation as one of the leaders in championing and supporting LGBT foster carers for more than 15 years. We were one of the first independent fostering agencies to offer LGBT diversity training for all of our foster carers and staff, and at the start of this year, we celebrated five consecutive years of being recognised in the Stonewall Top 100 employers listings as one of the UK’s most gay friendly organisations.

However, this month, a report by the Rees Centre, a University of Oxford education department which specialises in research into fostering and education, has revealed that many foster carers from the LGBT community express concern about how agencies, social workers and foster children might respond to their gender and sexuality.

Foster with pride - ITV central interview

Dan from Birmingham is one of our foster carers, who also happens to be single and gay: “I became a full time foster carer with Foster Care Associates just over a year ago, after working for many years in the hospitality industry. Yes I’m a single gay foster carer, but this does not define me, and thanks to the incredible support I receive I’m able to help and mentor young people, many of whom have had tough backgrounds and through no fault of their own may have lost their way.”

Watch Dan’s interview on ITV Central News to hear more about his experiences as a single foster carer.

David Oldham, Foster Care Associates’ chief executive said: “We have some amazing foster carers, and from the outset we only recruit people from across the spectrum who are open to diversity. We’re committed to developing a cohort of supportive carers, both for each other and the children they look after. Our underlying message is that fostering is open to everyone and it’s up to us to provide a safe and welcoming community to support and develop our carers from the assessment process through to placement.”

Approximately 2% of our 2000 current foster carers are LGBT, a percentage that we are aiming to increase – partly through attending LGBT events across the country, as well specific information and recruitment events to communicate that fostering is an incredibly rewarding life choice which is open to everyone.

To find out about becoming a foster carer with Foster Care Associates, please get in touch. You can also read stories that some of our LGBT foster carers have shared with us about their experiences fostering.

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