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LGBT adopters and foster carers needed in Swansea

Swansea Council is backing a campaign which encourages people from the lesbian, gay, bi- or transgender (LGBT) community to consider fostering or adoption.

Foster Swansea

The LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week (5-11 March) aims to inspire people into making a positive difference to local children and young people in need of a stable and loving home.

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.

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.

Councillor Mark Child, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: "This awareness week is a great opportunity to raise awareness of adoption and fostering to the LGBT community.

"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.

"You can be single, over 21 and you don't need to own your own house to consider foster caring or adoption. We need people with stability, love and resourcefulness who can help a child with whatever needs they may have - basically we are looking for people who are interested in changing a child's life forever.

"There are many children who need a loving home, either temporary or permanent, so if you wold like to take the first step towards parenthood or if you have any questions about becoming a family, contact Foster Swansea or Western Bay Adoption."

LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week takes place from March 5-11 and is run by New Family Social, the network for LGBT adoption and foster families.

  • For more information on fostering, contact Foster Swansea on 0300 555 0110 or (01792 533212). Alternatively, visit www.fosterswansea.org.

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