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Meet the (foster) parents

Meet the (foster) parents

Every year, Foster Care Associates help many people to become foster parents. Here are a few stories of LGBT couples and singles who share their experiences of fostering through FCA. LGBT Carer Case Study – Dan McCarthy, Birmingham Single foster carer Dan lives in Birmingham and has been fostering with Foster Care Associates (FCA) for […]

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LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week

There are around 90,000 children in care across the UK, 6,000 of whom need to be adopted.  However, there is a desperate shortage of both adopters and foster carers.  Thousands more people are needed to give these vulnerable children a secure and loving home and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) adopters and foster carers […]

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Foster carers needed in Hampshire

If you’ve thought about fostering before, or are just learning about it for the first time, there’s never been a more important time to foster. We urgently need more carers to look after children and young teens to help them achieve their full potential. With over 500 foster carers working with Hampshire County Council to […]

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YOU can foster

Becoming a foster carer is about providing a safe and caring home for a looked-after child; it’s not about sexuality, ethnicity or gender. Tamara and Sherwin are single gay carers in their 30s.  Neither of them can think of a time in their fostering experience when their sexuality has been an issue. Tamara has been […]

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LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week

For the launch of LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week  Barnardo’s is asking more people to consider putting themselves forward as potential foster parents – particularly for older children. More attention needs to be paid to the care of older, vulnerable, children. Nearly twelve thousand (43%) of all the children who entered care in England last […]

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Shortage of Foster Carers Must Be Addressed

There is a current shortage of just over 10,000 foster carers in the UK There are many reasons why children need to be ‘looked after’ by foster carers. Some families have periods of instability due to life issues i.e. medical conditions; depression; family breakdown; learning difficulties; substance dependency; and families struggling to cope. Other children […]

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A Bright Future

Anthony (33) and Lee (42) Bridges-Kidd, civil partners from Hertfordshire, began fostering in March 2011 and see a bright future ahead as they continue to look after children and young people in need of a safe and happy home. Both Anthony and Lee have worked in corporate environments that require patience, discipline and forward thinking […]

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TACT Fostering and Adoption

At first Allison was unsure about becoming a foster carer; “I did wonder whether we’d be picked to become carers. Even after we had been approved we wondered whether we would be accepted by others.” Fortunately Allison and her civil partner Debbie decided to go ahead and applied to become TACT foster carers; “I have […]

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Fostering with Bath & North East Somerset Council

The Family Placement Team is recruiting foster carers within or around the Bath & North East Somerset area. We are particularly interested in hearing from people willing to foster young people aged 11 plus as well as people who think they might be interested in fostering brothers and sisters so they can stay together. Our […]

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More than fifty Bucks children are waiting for new adoptive families

During National Adoption Week (4 – 10 November) we are looking for people like you to become adoptive families to the fifty Buckinghamshire children of all ages who are desperately waiting to find their forever homes. We particularly need families who can offer groups of brothers and sisters a stable loving home, to help them […]

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First Irish Gay Marriages by autumn

Ireland has voted overwhelmingly in favour of same-sex marriage and already, there is talk of the first unions taking place […]

Trade Unions to lead Birmingham Pride Parade

The 2015 Birmingham Pride Parade will be led by the original members of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM), […]

Facebook launches ‘I’m a Voter’ button ahead of Ireland’s Same-Sex Marriage Referendum

Ahead of Ireland’s Same-Sex Marriage Referendum on Friday, Facebook today announces that the ‘I’m a Voter’ button will appear in […]

The Open University recognised for its ‘outstanding’ impact on diversity

The Open University has received two Excellence in Diversity Awards (EiDA) 2015 – Diverse Education Company and Diversity Champion for […]

Marking IDAHOT at the National Assembly for Wales

By Presiding Officer, Dame Rosemary Butler AM The National Assembly for Wales is the democratically elected body that represents the […]

Victim Support – proudly supporting IDAHOT

Victim Support is one of the many businesses across the country that are proud to mark IDAHOT. The charity also […]