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We need LGBT foster carers

More LGBT adopters and foster carers are needed to provide safe and happy homes for children in Swansea, particularly for older children and sibling groups.

LGBT fostering

Leading charities believe the shortage of carers and adopters could be met if just two per cent of LGBT people chose to adopt or foster. According to the Fostering Network, around 440 extra foster carers are needed in Wales to bridge the shortfall for children currently in care.

However, a YouGov poll revealed that many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people believe they will be discriminated against by agencies, with eight in ten expecting to face barriers if they apply to become foster parents.

In addition, myths surrounding fostering and adoption are simply not true or accurate. For example, your sexual orientation is not important, neither is your marital status. Nothing should deter you from offering the love and passion you have to either adopt or foster. It could change a child's life forever.

We always need more foster carers and adoptive parents from all walks of life, and welcome applications from a cross section of society. Currently, only three per cent of carers with Foster Swansea are same-sex or transgender couples but LGBT people possess the unique strengths and qualities required to adopt or foster.

For more information on fostering, contact Foster Swansea on 0300 555 0110 or come along to chat to existing foster carers at an open evening in Civic Centre:

  • Wednesday 16 May
  • Wednesday 23 May
  • Wednesday 12 September
  • Wednesday 14 November
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