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Swansea Council backs LGBT Foster campaign

A campaign which encourages the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community to consider making a positive difference to local children is being backed by Swansea Council.

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The annual LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week campaign (4-10 March) aims to decrease the deficit of adopters and foster carers in the UK, and raise awareness of LGBT families.

Across Swansea, more LGBT+ foster carers are needed to provide loving, stable homes for children and young people.

According to the Fostering Network, around 550 extra foster carers are needed in Wales to bridge the shortfall for children currently in care. On 31 March 2018, 6,407 children were looked after, an increase of 464 (8 per cent) on the previous year.

If more people from the LGBT+ community came forward to foster, the shortage of carers would be reduced. However many lesbian, gay, and bisexual people still believe they will be discriminated against by agencies if they apply to become foster parents.

However, neither sexual orientation nor marital status is important when being assessed to foster - ultimately, it's a person's ability to provide a loving home.

Councillor Will Evans, Cabinet Member for Children's Services (Young people), said: "We continue to have a shortage of foster carers and adopters, so LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week is a great opportunity to raise awareness of this.

"It also enables us to dispel myths and reinforce that people from the LGBT+ community possess the unique strengths and qualities required to adopt or foster - a carer's sexuality does not come into it. The reality is that we just want people who can provide children and young people with stability, safety and love.

Councillor Elliott King, Cabinet Member for Children's Services (Early Years), added: "We always need more foster carers from all walks of life, and welcome applications from a cross section of society.

"Currently, only two per cent of carers with Foster Swansea are same-sex couples. LGBT+ people make great foster carers and there are so many children waiting for a loving home, either temporary or permanent. It's absolutely vital that every child gets the best chance. If you think that you can make a positive difference to a child's life, then don't hesitate to contact Foster Swansea."

Foster Swansea is holding an information evening on Wednesday 13 March6-8pm at Swansea Civic Centre. Members of staff, along with foster carers, will be available for a chat in an informal setting. 

LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week 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 visit www.fosterswansea.org
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