A month-long campaign will encourage lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people to consider adopting or fostering in North Lincolnshire.
Throughout the rest of March, North Lincolnshire Council invites potential carers to call by the fostering and adoption main base at Church Square House in Scunthorpe, to chat with social workers. It is open Monday to Fridays between 9am and 5pm.
The campaign is designed to raise awareness of the need for more foster carers and adopters to come forward and offer secure and loving homes for children and young people in care, on a short term or long term basis.
It is organised by New Family Social – a UK network for LGBT fostering and adoptive families – of which North Lincolnshire is a member.
There are around 90,000 children in care across the UK, 6,000 of whom need to be adopted. But there is a desperate shortage of both adopters and foster carers.
Annemarie Carlberg, North Lincolnshire Council’s Fostering Service Manager said: “We need foster carers from all of our communities to come forward and offer a child the time and commitment to help get their lives back on track. With LGBT adoption and fostering week in March there couldn’t be a better time to give us a call and see if this is right for you.
“You may be apprehensive, don’t be, we treat all applicants equally.
“Thousands more people are needed to give vulnerable children a secure and loving home, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) adopters and foster carers are always welcomed.”
For more information or to discuss any issues you may have contact the Fostering team on 01724 297024, or visit the council’s website: www.northlincs.gov.uk/fostering.
People from all walks of life are welcome. You can be single or in a relationship; you don’t have to own your own home, you don’t need to live in North Lincolnshire, and you don’t need to be under 40-years-old.