'We look for carers that can show our young people that it is OK to be you.'
A local fostering agency has said that a person’s sexuality is not a barrier to becoming a Foster Carer.
This week (starting 2 March), fostering agencies and local councils will be celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT+) Fostering and Adoption Week
Swanwick based Blue Sky Fostering have praised the positive impact that LGBT+ Foster Carers have on children in care and say are actively looking for Foster Carers from all walks of life, regardless of identity, relationship status, children or race, to look after the rising number of children and young people in the care system.
Ashleigh Cole, Placements Manager, said:
“Not only do we embrace peoples differences we celebrate them.
We have many carers from the LBGTQ+ community 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.
When 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 the agency explained
“I’ve wanted to be a Foster Carer since I was 14, it’s what 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 Fostering hold monthly drop-in events across all their offices that are free to attend.
If you would like to learn more about fostering with Blue Sky call 0800 035 6499 for more information.