Supporting our LGBT+ adopters and foster carers

Supporting our LGBT+ adopters and foster carers

The second annual Adoption & Foster care support week for LGBT+ parents takes place 20-24 September and Caritas Care is proud to back it.

LGBT+ people now play a key role in Lancashire, Cumbria and Greater Manchester in parenting some of our most vulnerable children.

In 2020, 1 in 6 adoptions in England were to same-sex couples. Research suggests that LGBT+ adoptive parents are more likely to adopt older children, sibling groups, or those with additional needs and disabilities than other adopters. While LGBT+ adopters and foster carers bring a unique skillset to parenting, they also face distinct and separate support challenges to other adopters and foster carers.

To help our LGBT+ adopters and foster carers Caritas Care will take part in September’s campaign to raise awareness of new, unique content online that our adopters and foster carers can access as the campaign takes place.

Susan Swarbrick, CEO for Caritas Care said, “Caritas Care values diversity. There is no discrimination in relation to sexuality, ethnicity, marital status or religion. When it comes to the fostering and adoption process we treat everyone equally. Everyone who applies to adopt or foster enters into a thorough assessment process. We are looking for individuals who can be emotionally in tune with a child and who are in a place to cope with family life.”

Caritas Care is a member of New Family Social and offers free access to the charity’s services as part of its support package for its LGBT+ adopters/foster carers. If you’re an LGBT+ adopter or foster carer* in Lancashire, Cumbria and Greater Manchester you can find out more online about the campaign.

If you have been considering adoption we’d love to hear from you.  We pride ourselves on the support we offer ALL of our adopters.  From starting your adoption journey, we will be there for you whenever and for however long you need us, so you will be well looked after!

Contact is today on 0800 652 6955 or click here to get in touch

*The fostering service operates in Lancashire and Greater Manchester only.

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