1 March marks the start of LGBT+ Fostering and Adoption Week, the annual campaign run by New Family Social dedicated to breaking down barriers and to encouraging more people who identify as LGBT+ to consider fostering or adoption.
Jackie and her partner Karolina have been foster carers with Knowsley Council’s fostering service since January 2020. Jackie says: “The process is lengthy and thorough but it’s worth it. When we first thought about fostering, we were worried that it may not be easy for us, being a same-sex couple. However this wasn’t the case at all – it really didn’t make a difference – what was most important was that we could offer a safe, secure and loving home.”
Foster carers are currently in high demand at Knowsley, especially those with experience in caring for older children or children with additional needs.
Cllr Margaret Harvey is the Cabinet Member for Children’s Services at Knowsley Council, she says: “No-one should have to experience discrimination at any time. Your sexual orientation, gender identity and relationship status will never be barriers to you fostering here at Knowsley. As a council fostering service, we lead the way in challenging prejudice and promoting diversity. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds— if you are empathetic, committed to supporting and understanding our children and young people, have a spare room and have the time to care for a child we would love to hear from you.”
The theme for 2021 is ‘Build Your Family’, with each day of the campaign dedicated to explaining a different part of the fostering assessment and approval process. We’ll be sharing these over on the Foster for Knowsley Facebook page @FosterforKnowsley and on the Knowsley Council social media accounts @KnowsleyCouncil from 1 March – 7 March 2021.