Council's fostering team supports LGBT adoption and fostering week

This year's campaign slogan is 'Build Your Family'

Council's fostering team supports LGBT adoption and fostering week

Stockport Council’s fostering service is supporting LGBT+ Adoption & Fostering Week campaign, which runs from 1-7 March 2021.

The campaign is run by New Family Social and this year’s theme is “Build Your Family” with each day of the week focusing on different areas around fostering.

In Stockport there is a need for foster carers to come forward to offer foster homes to older children and siblings and the council’s fostering team are encouraging LGBT+ individuals and couples to come forward to consider fostering with Stockport Council.

Local foster carers James and Stephen have been fostering teenagers and siblings for Stockport Council for the past 6 years recall: "We were uncertain about how being in a same-sex relationship would affect us becoming foster carers. However, the system doesn’t discriminate. Stockport Council were so supportive. The young people we work with are totally appreciative of the help and care they get.

"Our sexuality doesn’t even come into it. We have enough room for three children and we wanted to be flexible. My parents have been foster carers for a few years so Stephen and I always wanted to follow suit. Three years ago we decided we’d do something about it!

"It’s very rewarding to see the change in the children, even after a short period of time, it’s fantastic!"

Cllr Colin Foster, Stockport Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Family Services, said: “We know from experience that LGBT+ people often come to fostering with an open mind and real enthusiasm, as their first choice for building a family. Many of our children have had a very traumatic start to life and we have seen them thrive with their new LGBT+ parents.

"Like most areas across the country we are in particular need of foster carers for older children and sibling groups and we are always interested in hearing from anyone who is thinking of considering fostering to contact the Council for more information.”

The fostering team are holding a virtual Q&A session for LGBT+ individuals to come and meet local foster carers and talk about becoming a foster carer with Stockport Council.

The next event is taking place on Wednesday 3 March starting at 6pm.

For more information and to book your place on the Virtual Q&A session please contact the Council’s Recruitment Team on 0161 474 3400 or visit Stockport Fostering.