James and Stephen's story
LGBT+ foster carers
James and Stephen have been fostering since 2014 and have cared for a number of sibling groups. They are now fostering a young person on a long term fostering placement.
Stephen is the main carer. He gave up work to care for his niece at the same time as fostering. James works full time for a global technology business in Ashton. At present, they have 3 children in placement with them.
Even though James and Stephen don’t have any children of their own they weren’t put off.
James and Stephen - foster carers
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 3 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. 3 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!"
If you're interested in fostering, you can contact the fostering team for more information and advice.
Did you know?
Many children and young people in care will have experienced difficulties at home and will benefit from guidance and support from foster carers.
There is no typical foster carer. We welcome people of all backgrounds, nationalities, religions, genders and ages.