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Council encourages LGBT to foster and adopt in Bridgend

05 March 2018

LGBT Fostering Week

Bridgend County Borough Council is supporting LGBT Fostering and Adoption Week (5 – 11 March) by encouraging lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) members of the local community to consider fostering children in need.

Currently, there are two same-sex couples in Bridgend County Borough who are foster carers. One of them, Sarah and Sarah Peel from Porthcawl, said: “We have always wanted to help children that needed a place of calm and safety at a turbulent point in their lives, as well as expanding our own family. We have been fostering for a year now and we hope to continue fostering for many more years to come.

“Fostering has been a rollercoaster of emotions and experiences. It’s one of the hardest and most rewarding jobs we have ever done and we’ve learnt so much from the experience.

“Sexuality should never hold a person back from considering fostering as a child just wants a loving family and stability.”

With many children in need of a stable and loving home in Bridgend County Borough, the council is keen to urge other potential LGBT foster carers to come forward, particularly for sibling groups who are often split up or have to wait very long periods of time for a caring family.

Councillor Dhanisha Patel, Cabinet Member for Wellbeing and Future Generations, said: “We are proud in Bridgend County Borough to support the annual LGBT Fostering and Adoption Week campaign. It’s the perfect opportunity to highlight the fact that we welcome LGBT foster carers and we want to inspire more people to make a positive difference to the lives of children in care.

“There are many great reasons to foster such as the fact you gain recognised qualifications and have a sense of achievement from helping someone at a crucial time in their life. You can also help society by guiding a young person towards a better life.  LGBT parents can offer young people a different perspective on society.

“There is a great need for more foster carers in Bridgend County Borough so if you can offer a loving and safe environment for a child, or two – or maybe even three – then we encourage you to pick up the phone and find out more about how you can start the process off. We look forward to hearing from you!”

LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week is run by New Family Social, the network for LGBT adoption and foster families.

For further information on how to foster in Bridgend County Borough, contact Bridgend Foster Care on 01656 642674.

Photo caption: Sarah and Sarah Peel from Porthcawl.

Last Updated: 15/03/2018
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