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Gay couples urged to try fostering

Caring: Foster carers Kath Hedges and Kate Egan

Caring: Foster carers Kath Hedges and Kate Egan

NEW research has emerged that one in three gay people in the North West believe they cannot foster or adopt.

The findings, from work published by Action for Children and New Family Social, comes during LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week this week and at the same time that Lancashire County Council has backed a campaign to encourages people from the lesbian, gay, bi- or transsexual (LGBT) community to consider fostering or adoption.

County Councillor Matthew Tomlinson, cabinet member for children, young people and schools, said: “Children who need homes come in all shapes and sizes – different ages, from a variety of backgrounds and all with their own unique personality and needs.

“Because of this, we need a wide range of people to offer them secure, caring homes where they can be themselves and receive consistent and po! sitive care from people who want them in their lives.

Kath Hedges and Kate Egan, from Clayton-le-Woods, near Chorley became foster parents in 2012.

Since fostering two girls for seven months, they are now taking care of two boys.

Kath said: “There’s a massive gap and if children need help and support, we can offer a safe and loving environment for them.

“The fact that we are two women taking care of children might raise the curiosity of other children in the playground but if any derogatory words are heard we just sit down and explain what that is about.

“I would certainly encourage people from the LGBT community to go down the fostering or adoption route because we haven’t had any negative experiences ourselves.”

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