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LGBT community invited to discover more about fostering and adopting in Leeds

People who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) are being invited to find out more about fostering or adopting a child through Leeds City Council.

The council is holding its fifth annual adoption and fostering information week from Monday 7 March to Sunday 13 March 2014 specifically aimed at potential adopters and foster carers from the LGBT community. This coincides with a national campaign organised by New Family Social.

An information evening has been organised at Trinity Leeds shopping centre on Tuesday 8 March at 6pm specifically for people from the LGBT community who are considering fostering or adopting a child. The event will allow people to come along and talk to friendly professional staff to find out more about adoption and fostering, the assessment process, what types of children the council is currently looking for homes for and what requirements are needed. Because this event has been organised especially for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, the experts on hand will be able to answer any specific concerns or questions they may have.

People who already foster or have adopted through the council will also be on hand to share their experiences and advice.

The information event will be in a private area of the shopping centre. Those wishing to attend will be met by staff from the council’s fostering and adoption team at the entrance to the ‘back of house’ area, which is between Nando’s and Primark on the first floor.

As well as hearing from fostering and adoption experts, there will be information stalls and adoptive parents and foster parents present as well as a children’s social worker and adoption and fostering social workers.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon executive member for children and families said:

“Our ambition is for Leeds to be child friendly; the best city to study, work, play and grow up in. Our adoptive parents and foster carers perform a vital role in fulfilling this vision and we have one of the most established and successful adoption and foster care services in the UK.

“People can be great adoptive parents or foster carers, regardless of their sexuality, marital status or religion. Adopting or fostering a child is an exciting, challenging and life changing experience for everyone involved and we can offer support every step of the way.”

There is no such thing as a typical foster carer or adopter; people can be any sexuality, they can be single, married, divorced, employed, unemployed, with or without children of their own. Leeds City Council welcomes people from diverse backgrounds and ethnic origins that can help children live and share their own culture, language, religion and live a happy fulfilled life.

People who already adopt and foster for Leeds City Council are sharing their experiences at: www.adopt4leeds.gov.uk and www.foster4leeds.gov.uk

To find out more about New Family Social visit: www.newfamilysocial.co.uk

For more information about national events visit: www.lgbtadoptfosterweek.org.uk