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18 September 2018

County Council asks LGBT community to think about fostering and adoption

Cumbria County Council’s Fostering & Adoption Service is holding an information stand at Cumbria Pride next month, to promote LGBT adoption and fostering and to help find loving, stable homes for children across the county.

It is the first time the service will have a presence at the event, which takes place on Saturday, September 29 from 1pm to 5pm at the Brampton Road university campus in Carlisle.

Claire Lloyd, Fostering & Adoption service manager, said: “We know from experience that LGBT people often come to adoption and fostering with an open mind and real enthusiasm. Many children waiting to be adopted or fostered have had a very chaotic start to life, and we’ve seen them thrive with their new LGBT parents.

“You can be single and you don’t need to own your own home to consider foster caring or adoption. We need people with stability, love and room at home and in their lives, who can help a child with whatever needs they may have.”

Potential parents will have the opportunity to speak to local LGBT adopters and foster carers at our stand and to get information on the processes involved.

Carlisle foster carer, Kevin Kerr, has fostered with the county council for more than 15 years, with his male partner. He said: “I trained as a nursery nurse and worked in a few primary schools helping individual children with special needs in the classroom. I also worked in Nursery and Reception classes as a nursery nurse for a long spell and absolutely loved it.

“Working with children in these many different environments opened my eyes to the children out there who need a helping hand. A loving and stable home, that's such a basic requirement for children to flourish. Then it was Foster Care Fortnight and there was loads of media coverage about all the children out there needing homes - so we took the first step and made the call.

“We were originally approved for permanent fostering but to ease ourselves in we started off with respite care. This means looking after children over the weekend to give other people a break. It also meant we could both continue working full time.

“Then we got a call one day that some other kids needed somewhere to stay permanently. Who were we to say no? From there, we're pretty much had a full house and we love it. My partner still works full time and I've given up the nursery work as our youngest has special needs so it works out better for the whole family with me at home.

“It’s been a really positive experience, fostering is definitely a way of life rather than a profession; like any parents our life revolves around the children. This is just a different way of having children in your life.

“It can be a bit of a mad house, what with all the animals and the kids coming and going but I wouldn't have it any other way. This is our family and I love it.”

To find out more about fostering please visit our stand at Cumbria Pride or alternatively go to cumbria.gov.uk/fostering or call 0303 333 1216. 




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Cumbria County Council’s Fostering & Adoption Service is holding an information stand at Cumbria Pride next month, to promote LGBT adoption and fostering and to help find loving, stable homes for children across the county.