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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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Terrence Higgins Trust condemns government decision on Sex and Relationships Education

Already two months later than expected, having promised to comment by the end of last year, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan […]

Julie Bindel slams the normalising of censorship

Guardian journalist Julie Bindel has slammed a petition calling for presidential hopeful Donald Trump to be banned from entering the […]

We Could be Heroes

If you remember watching re-runs of the 1960’s TV version of Batman as a child, you may be forgiven for […]

Halftime show labelled ‘gay’

Beyoncé and Coldplay’s halftime show at the Super Bowl has provoked homophobic comments from viewers all over the USA. The […]

Holocaust Memorial Day 2016 – Don’t Stand By

Today is Holocaust Memorial Day. Don’t stand by is the theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2016. The Holocaust and subsequent genocides […]

MI5 Security Service at the top of Workplace Equality Index 2016

  MI5 has been named as the UK’s most gay friendly employer in the UK after coming top of the […]