LGBT Fostering and Adoption week is promoted by New Family Social, which exists to assist members of the LGBT community become foster carers or adopters.
Recent research by New Family Social and Action for Children indicates that nearly one third of the general UK population believe that being gay means you are unable to become a foster carer. Additionally a quarter of LGBT people surveyed had been told that they should not be a parent.
TACT interim CEO David Bradley said;
“TACT has always welcomed people of all sexualities to become foster carers or adoptive parents. As a children’s charity, we know that it is the love and security of a new family that helps young people in care achieve their ambitions and potential. Whether you are in a relationship or single, we hope anyone thinking of fostering or adoption will take the opportunity of LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week to find out more ’
TACT foster carer Gary Shorter said;
‘Becoming a foster carer is the best and most rewarding thing I’ve ever done. When you see the changes you can make to a young person’s life it’s great. We know that, because of what we’ve been able to offer, the young person will do better and have a more positive future than if we hadn’t been there. I find that living with a same sex couple, they also develop a very strong sense of tolerance and respect for diversity.’our