LESBIAN, gay male, bisexual and transgender families are asked to consider adoption and fostering.
During LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week, Hillingdon Council will join with charities Action for Children and New Family Social to educate prospective parents and carers about adoption and fostering, as well as sharing experiences.
The national event, from March 4 to 10, is organised by New Family Social, which is run by LGBT adopters and foster carers.
Hillingdon’s cabinet member for education and children’s services, councillor David Simmonds (pictured), said: “Sadly there are an increasing number of children that are unable to live with their birth families, and our priority is to ensure that they are placed in a loving, stable home.
“Hillingdon recruits adoptive parents and foster carers from a wide range of backgrounds to achieve this, and encourages anyone interested in adoption or fostering to find out more information regardless of their marital status, age, race or sexuality.”
Andy Leary-May, director of New Family Social, said: “Some people are still put off by fears that they won’t be welcomed, but things are changing. In our group we have a diverse range of families, including plenty of parents who are single or in their 50s.”
■ www.newfamilysocial.org.uk and follow the links