From the 2nd-8th March, fostering agencies and local councils alike will be celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT+) Fostering and Adoption Week, to raise awareness that a person’s sexuality is not a barrier to becoming a Foster Carer.
We are constantly looking for Foster Carers from all walks of life to look after the rising number of children and young people in the care system, regardless of your identity, relationship status, children or race.
Ashleigh Cole, our Placements Manager, said:
“Not only do we embrace peoples differences we celebrate them. We have many carers from the LBGTQ+ community within Blue Sky that foster either as a couple or alone, and for each and every one of those carers, their sexual preference has not and will never be a criteria to foster within Blue Sky. We look for role models within our carers, we look for ‘stickability’ and most importantly we look for carers that can show our young people that it is OK to be you.”
Dominic McDowall, an LGBT Foster Carer who recently joined us as a Foster Carer, said:
“I’ve wanted to be a Foster Carer since I was 14, I have always wanted to do it and everything I have done up until now has been to get to this point. The pre-care we received was immense and the training was great. We both felt ready to bring a young person into our home. It’s amazing to work with an agency that celebrates my differences.”
Blue Sky holds monthly drop-in events across all their offices that are free to attend. If you would like to learn more about fostering visit https://www.blueskyfostering.com/whats-on/ or call 0800 035 6499 for more information.