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Fostering with Oxfordshire County Council

Oxfordshire County Council is looking for adopters and foster carers from the lesbian and gay communities.  We are looking for people who are committed to transforming the lives of children by sharing their lives and homes. We asked Tom and James to tell us their story about adopting Harry. Tom said “Being an adoptive parent […]

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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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‘Gay Bull’ saved from slaughter by Simpsons co-creator

In what must be one of the oddest stories of the year, a gay bull has been saved from the […]

Transgender Day of Remembrance – 20th November

The Transgender Day of Remembrance was set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. […]

‘Don’t be a bystander’ this Anti-Bullying Week

Anti-Bullying Week takes place between 17 and 21 November NoBystanders asks individuals and organisations to help eradicate bullying People urged […]

Could You be a Special Constable?

How would you feel if you could spend a minimum 16 hours a month helping full-time police officers to make […]

Rugby great Gareth Thomas marks Anti-Bullying Week (Nov 17-21) with school visit

‘Schools are doing a fantastic job in developing their pupils’ resilience to bullying. I’m there to support their work and […]

Latest in the ‘gay cake’ row

A YouGov poll has examined public opinion on the row over a bakery’s refusal to make a pro-gay cake and […]