LGBT residents in Brent are being called to come forward as foster carers, as a national week-long campaign launches to celebrate and promote the diverse families in our communities.
LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week, running from 5 to 9 March 2018, highlights the need for more LGBT adopters and foster carers. Recent figures released by LGBT charity, New Family Social, reveals that 7,180 more foster families were needed across the UK in 2018. Brent is one of the boroughs in London which actively supports LGBT parents, helping them to complete their family through adoption or fostering.
There will be opportunities to learn about children who need families and the adoption and fostering process at a special information event on Thursday 8 March, 6pm - 8pm, at Brent Civic Centre.
Councillor Mili Patel, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said:
"We need foster carers from all backgrounds to match the needs of the diverse children in care in Brent. We know that lesbian, gay, bi and transsexual people can provide supportive environments for children to thrive in and we need more people to step forward and help some of the most vulnerable children and young people in Brent."
To register for our information evening or to find out more about fostering and adoption please visit www.brent.gov.uk/fostering or call 020 8937 4538.
Follow us on @BrentFostering and support the campaign online by using the hashtags #proudtofoster and #proudtoadopt.