Appeal for gay and bisexual fosterers

PUBLISHED: 16:17 11 June 2013 | UPDATED: 16:17 11 June 2013

Somerset County Council

Somerset County Council

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MORE foster carers and adopters are being sought in Somerset, with a focus on finding gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender couples.

Somerset County Council is encouraging under-represented groups to come forward as part of its work to get more children out of care and into loving homes.

A statement released by the authority said: “Although sexuality has never been a barrier to fostering and adoption, the service believes the fear of prejudice has put people off enquiring.”

The council’s cabinet member for families Frances Nicholson said: “We know that some of our current foster carers and adopters were put off or held back from making their initial enquiries because they were not sure if their sexuality would stop them from fostering or adopting.

“It goes without saying that all children need to be cared for and loved, so we need to make sure we actively encourage anyone who can offer that care and love to our most vulnerable children.”

To find out more about fostering go to www.fosteringinsomerset.org.uk or call 0800 5879900.

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