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Council calls for more LGBT+ people to consider fostering

by Laura Johnston

As Liverpool Pride returns to Merseyside this week, Knowsley Council are encouraging more LGBT+ people to consider opening their hearts and their homes to children through fostering.

Foster carers play a pivotal role in transforming the lives of the children they care for.

There are still many myths surrounding fostering – specifically who is considered to be a suitable foster carer. It can often be of the biggest barriers when trying to recruit new people – your sexuality or relationship status isn’t a barrier to applying.

Councillor Margaret Harvey, Cabinet Member of Children Services said: “Fostering has long been open to LGBT+ families, and whilst we are delighted that so many have already come forward to foster here in Knowsley, they still represent a moderately small proportion of the enquiries we receive each year.  Therefore, we are keen to take the opportunity of our local Pride celebration to share the message that fostering in Knowsley is very much open to everyone. Your age, gender, sexual orientation or marital status are not important – it’s what you can offer a child that matters. ”

If you would like to find out more about fostering in Knowsley, contact Knowsley’s Fostering Service on 0151 443 3959 or visit the Foster for Knowsley website.