LGBT people in Cambridgeshire urged to consider adoption and fostering

Cambridgeshire County Council is hoping the second annual LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) Adoption and Fostering Week will help meet the current need for carers and adopters in the county.

LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week runs from March 4 - 10. It aims to reach potential adoptive parents and foster carers with information about how to get involved and tells the stories of those who have adopted or fostered children.

The week is organised by New Family Social, a national charity run by LGBT adopters and foster carers for families and families-to-be.

This year, Cambridgeshire County Council will be hosting a regional event on Thursday 7 March at the Holiday Inn at Impington near Cambridge. The event will be attended by local authorities and charities from across the east region and offers the opportunity for people to find out more information in a friendly and informal environment.

Andy Leary-May, Director of New Family Social, said: “Some people are still put off by fears that they won’t be welcomed by agencies, but things are changing. It’s clear to see how well children in LGBT families are doing, and what a positive and rewarding choice fostering and adoption can be.”

Councillor David Brown, Cambridgeshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, added: “We are delighted to be hosting this important event and look forward to meeting people who feel they could provide a loving home to a local child.”

For more information about the event and to book your place call 0800 052 0078 or email fanda@cambridgeshire.gov.uk.