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Advice to same sex couples looking to start a family

31st March, 2022

We recently celebrated LGBT+ History Month, however as an independent fostering agency, we support LGBT+ fostering all year round. Why even mention this? Because we STILL get asked the question -

Can I still apply foster if I’m LGBT+?

The answer is a resounding, yes you can! Sexual orientation or gender identity is not a deciding factor on whether or not you can become a foster carer. Everyone is assessed in exactly the same way and decisions are based on the ability to provide a child with a loving and stable home.

We were delighted to get together (albeit virtually) with foster carers Patrick and Sebastian recently to talk about their experiences in becoming foster carers.

  • What was life like before fostering?
  • What options did they explore?
  • What made them decide on fostering to start their family?
  • What was the application process like?
  • What advice would they give to same sex couples wanting to start a family?

These are just some of the questions we asked Patrick and Sebastian. Sebastian says:

“Take your own experiences of growing up a little bit different, feeling a little bit different to everyone else and use that – because it’s a strength. You can absolutely make a massive difference to children that just need somebody…that need a tribe.”

If you watch one video today, make it this one. Patrick and Sebastian are wonderful foster carers, making a huge difference.

For more information about becoming a foster carer, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us for an informal chat.

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