At Blue Sky Fostering, we deliver care to a diverse group of young people from various backgrounds, each with their own personalities, preferences or cultural differences. That is why we supported LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week 2016. The week ran from 7th – 13th March and aims to support and raise awareness about the great work the LGBT fostering community does.
We accept carers from all backgrounds, whether you are married, divorced, single, straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, it really doesn’t matter. We are looking for people who can provide a stable and loving home to our foster children, and we often find that people from the LGBT community are the best suited to do that.
Our children and young people in care come from various different backgrounds and no one child is the same as the next. Many of our children have been brought up in dysfunctional families and their perception of adult relationships can become quite distorted. All we ask of our carers is that they show our children how a functioning, loving relationship works.
Having carers from the LGBT community is also hugely beneficial for opening the foster children up to become more accepting of others and open minded. Some of the older children and young people may even be confused about their own sexuality so it is very healthy for them to see how normal a same sex relationship really is.
How can people in the LGBT community get involved and start fostering?
As we have said before, anyone can get involved with fostering, especially those from the LGBT community! Perhaps you want to start a family or just help young people who really need it, whatever your reasons, Blue Sky Fostering can help you to become a foster carer. All that we ask of you is that you can offer your foster child their own bedroom, have a willingness to include them in every aspect of your life and the time and dedication it takes to be a good carer.
To get started, you will need to contact us or come and meet us at one of our many drop in sessions or introduction to fostering events. We can then tell you more about becoming a foster carer or get your fostering application process started. This process can take around 4 to 5 months as we need to perform thorough checks and training to prepare you for your fostering career.
Why start fostering?
There are many reasons why you might want to start fostering and for those in the LGBT community it offers a chance to become parents, something you may have always wanted but weren’t sure of the practical implications. Of course, there are other options for those within the LGBT community to become parents, but fostering offers something more. Fostering offers you the opportunity to change a young person’s life for the better. You can give them the support, love and stable environment they need to grow into the person they deserve to be. With such a high demand for foster carers in the UK, we urge people within the LGBT community to consider fostering.
Apart from the satisfying feeling of helping a young person, fostering offers much more to the foster carer. There is a monetary incentive to help carers with the financial side of fostering, which includes a weekly allowance of between £335 and £581. You also receive 14 days paid respite per year so that you get some time to yourself. You are likely to meet a lot of likeminded people at Blue Sky Fostering’s social events and training sessions too. All of our carers receive the maximum amount of support from dedicated social workers and carers alike, so you will never be alone.
If you’ve been inspired during LGBT Adoption and Fostering week and would like to learn more about fostering, or if you have a specific question you would like to ask, please do get in touch with us. We are keen to hear from people not only from the LGBT community but from anyone who feels they have what it takes to become a foster carer.