We pride ourselves on the positive connections we build with individuals from all walks of life and believe that it’s personal qualities that make somebody a great foster parent, not their gender or sexual orientation.
We’re often asked by people who are lesbian, gay, bi and transgender whether fostering is something they can do. The answer is always a resounding ‘yes’ – above all, we’re looking for caring, kind people who can provide a loving home.
Subject to all the usual checks and fostering assessment process, there is absolutely no reason why someone from the LGBT community cannot foster.
A truly inclusive fostering agency
Our team work hard to create a truly inclusive environment, where staff, foster parents and young people feel safe and without fear of judgement.
From your very first chat with one of our fostering advisors, all the way through to 121 supervision and training with other foster families, you’ll be made to feel welcome and very much part of our incredible organisation.
Can single people from the LGBTQ community foster?
Absolutely – we have many single foster parents and your gender and sexual identity doesn’t make a difference to your ability to provide a child with a safe, loving environment. Of course, you’ll need to undergo a full fostering assessment before becoming approved and having a child is placed in your care.
Fostering LGBT young people
Our ethos around creating an inclusive and supportive environment very much extends to the LGBTQ young people that we care for.
We understand the support that LGBTQ young people in care need to help them explore and express their sexual orientation without stigma and provide foster parents with the right guidance and training, so that young people feel safe, stable and accepted.
Could you foster?
As the number of children coming into care rises, we’re appealing for more members of the LGBT community to consider a rewarding career in fostering.
The minimum requirements to apply to become a foster parent are that you must;
- Be 21 years of age or older
- Have British citizenship
- Have spare room
- Have a strong desire to nurture a child in care
If you meet these criteria and would like to learn more, then we’d love to speak to you. We’ll be there every step of the way!
Why choose Fosterplus?
We are a national agency with specialist local teams across England and Scotland. This provides you with the support you need, as well as the benefits that come from a broader agency, including;
- Careful matching with a child
- Fortnightly supervision
- 24/7 helpline with a social worker
- Competitive fees and allowances
- Extensive training programme
- 121 support for young people
Take your first step today
If you’re ready to take your first step into fostering, then speak to our team today – we promise you won’t regret it!