LGBT Adoption and Fostering
Publish Date: 03/02/2012
Exploring Adoption in the North: 1st, 3rd and 8th March.
Families that Last regularly host Exploring Adoption events. These events are an opportunity to come and meet the team and find out more about adoption and the children who are waiting. This is a very informal and relaxed day, so there's no need to make an appointment and you can ask any questions that you may have.
The next events are:
Manchester: Thursday 1st March, 12.30 – 7pm. Location: Premier Inn Trafford Centre West, Trafford Quays, Trafford Centre, Manchester, M17 8PG.
Liverpool: Saturday 3rd March, 11am – 3pm. Location: Thistle, Atlantic Tower, Chapel Street, Liverpool, L3 9RE
Leeds: Thursday 8th March, 12.30 – 7pm. Location: Leeds Village South, Capitol Boulevard West, Tingley, Leeds, LS27 0TS Contact : 0300 256 2656 or 0161 830 2032, or e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
With more and more children needing foster placements and a chronic shortage of foster families, now is the time to care for those who need it most and it is important to know that sexual orientation is no barrier to either fostering or adoption.
There is a current shortfall of over 10,000 foster care families in the UK and Alpha Plus Fostering is looking to recruit more people from all walks of life to help to tackle this issue.
Alpha Plus is an established fostering agency which has been providing carers for over 11 years. Recently rated as ‘Outstanding’ by OFSTED, Alpha Plus is committed to providing high quality placements and improving the outcomes of ‘looked after children’.
Natalie Beswick is the carer recruitment officer for Alpha Plus. She said: “Here at Alpha we pride ourselves on providing local children with the opportunity to be looked after in a safe, caring and stable family environment.
“We have an amazing team of foster carers and I just know that there are other families in our communities just waiting to be found - families who can be part of making the difference to the lives of ‘looked after children’”.
“Many people feel that they are not eligible to apply to foster, sexual orientation and marital status being one of the biggest reasons, however, at Alpha Plus we welcome applications from all walks of life; diversity is key in matching the needs of the community’s most vulnerable children. As long as you have a spare room, drive and have the time to commit to a child and their future, then you could be part of making a difference.”
Am I suitable?
Many people believe that they are not eligible to foster for various reasons. Alpha Plus have a positive approach to carers of all sexual orientations. In fact, if you drive, have a spare room and the time and dedication to invest in a child’s life and their future then you could be just what the team at Alpha Plus is looking for.
How to get involved
All Alpha Plus foster carers receive full training, which is offered up to diploma level, 24-hour support from qualified social workers, free membership to Foster Talk and generous allowances of up to £460 per week.
For further information or for advice on becoming a foster carer, call Natalie on 0753 011 3170 or the recruitment line on 0808 178 4747.
For a long time, LGBT people tended to be seen as a “last resort” when placing children. Now adoption and fostering agencies see them as having a key role to play in meeting the urgent need for more new homes for children in care.
February's LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week organised by New Family Social saw a recruitment campaign for prospective LGBT adopters and foster carers with events around the UK hosted by local adoption and fostering agencies.
To find out more about New Family Social visit: www.newfamilysocial.co.uk