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Celebration of our LGBT+ foster carers

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Foster Portsmouth will be marking LGBT+ History Month throughout February and LGBT+ Adoption & Fostering Week from 7 March by recognising the efforts of our foster carers from the LGBT+ community and their contribution to the care of vulnerable children and young people in the Portsmouth area.

 

We’re taking the opportunity this year to raise awareness of the national shortage of foster carers, and to tackle any remaining myths that may prevent those from the LGBT+ community from exploring fostering as a route to building a family life. Foster Portsmouth aim to grow our exceptional team of foster carers from the LGBT+ community to support diversity and secure the best placement matches for the children and young people in our care.

 

New Family Social‘s annual LGBT+ Adoption and Fostering Week each March supports their aim to help LGBT+ people decide if adoption or fostering is right for them. The UK charity, led by LGBT+ adopters and foster carers, then supports them in their journey to becoming parents and carers.

 

LGBT+ History Month takes place annually in February, and is a month-long celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history. It aims to raise awareness of, and combat prejudice against, the LGBTQ+ community while celebrating its achievement and diversity, and increasing the visibility of the community. This LGBT+ History Month, for the first time in its history, Portsmouth are flying the rainbow, transgender, non-binary and pansexual flags in Guildhall Square.

 

Cllr Chris Attwell, Cabinet Member for Communities and Central Services at Portsmouth City Council, said: “I am thrilled to be part of this momentous month when we fly these four flags to raise awareness of members of our community who may identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or other. Portsmouth is a diverse and culturally rich city, and we want to celebrate all its people regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation. It’s part of what makes Portsmouth unique and the city that we love.”

 

Foster Portsmouth celebrates the diversity of our dedicated team of foster carers and that our foster families come in all forms, and we’re proud to work with many individuals and couples from the LGBT+ community. Anyone aged 18+ with a spare bedroom could foster with Foster Portsmouth regardless of their age, gender, sexuality, faith, ethnicity, marital or work status, or whether they rent or own their own home.

 

Cllr Claire Udy, LGBT Champion at Portsmouth City Council, said: “Our teams work hard on LGBTQ+ inclusivity and strategies to help everyone feel welcome in Portsmouth. From training staff to promoting and supporting inclusion in schools, recruiting foster carers in the LGBTQ community to making available books and information through our libraries, we recognise that it takes each and every one of us to build a culture where everyone is comfortable to be themselves without judgement or prejudice. I am proud to be part of marking LGBT+ History Month.”

 

Portsmouth City Council welcomes all enquiries about fostering. This could be a short or long term placement for a child or siblings until they’re ready to live independently or be reunited with family, support for unaccompanied minors or children with a disability, supported lodgings to develop their independent living skills, a parent and baby placement, or respite care.

 

Foster carers receive excellent, local training and 24/7 support, including through our mentoring scheme and pioneering Mockingbird Programme support network, and competitive fees and allowances.

 

We need more foster carers from diverse backgrounds to reflect the children and young people in our city. Could you make a difference to their life… and yours?

 

To enquire or to arrange a 1:1 with one of our experienced team or existing foster carers, please fill in our contact form, email: fostering@portsmouthcc.gov.uk or call 023 9283 4071.

 

Portsmouth City Council have events taking place throughout LGBT+ History Month and beyond. For more details, visit their campaign page.

 

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