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Bexley Council appeals to potential foster carers

PUBLISHED: 16:08 05 March 2013 | UPDATED: 16:08 05 March 2013

Bexley fosterers Jim Lane and Jemal Koscan

Bexley fosterers Jim Lane and Jemal Koscan

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Bexley Council is trying to raise awareness for gay foster careers and those interested in adopting children in the borough this week.

Yesterday (March 4) marked the start of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Adoption (LGBT) and Fostering Week.

It is a national focus week organised by the charity New Family Social to raise awareness of fostering and adoption, and to encourage LGBT parents to consider adoption and fostering.

The council wants to impress that foster carers come from a variety of different backgrounds. They can be married, co-habiting, single, gay or lesbian, live in a house or flat, have their own children or not. They just need to be able to offer a loving and supportive home.

Cabinet Member for children’s Services and community Safety, Cllr Katie Perrior said: “Bexley is looking for foster carers who can offer our looked after children a stable and caring home.

“No two children are exactly the same, and we know that no two families are the same.

“If someone can provide a safe and loving home for our children we would welcome them. Nothing should deter potential foster carers from coming forward. Our placement teams want to hear from anyone who thinks they may be able to help a looked after child on their way towards a better future.”

“The weekly allowances paid to foster carers reflect the importance of the role they play.”

For more information about fostering in Bexley, calling 0800 783 7699, email adoptionandfostering@bexley.gov.uk or visit bexley.gov.uk/fostering where you will also be able to hear from some of the council’s existing foster carers.


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