Merton welcomes LGBT adoption and fostering week

Merton Council welcomes the first LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) Adoption and Fostering Week running from 20-26 February.

This week is a recruitment campaign for prospective LGBT adopters and foster carers, with Merton’s fostering service providing information and support for members of the LGBT community considering fostering a local child.

The week also involves 18 events around the UK, hosted by local adoption and fostering agencies, and Merton residents are welcome to the local LGBT Fostering and Adopting information evening on Thursday 23 February.

This joint local authority event with Merton, Sutton and Kingston is in conjunction with New Family Social, which works for LGBT adopters, foster carers and their children, and will allow residents to talk to social workers, get information from Merton Council and hopefully meet some foster carers.

Merton Council cabinet member for children’s services, Councillor Maxi Martin, said: ‘LGBT foster carers have helped transform the lives of many children and we look forward to welcoming more applications from these groups in our borough. Our borough needs carers of all ages and from all backgrounds, to give our children and young people the care and support they need to be happy and fulfilled.’

Residents interested in finding out more about fostering in Merton should call freephone: 0800 073 0874 or visit: http://www.merton.gov.uk/fostering

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Notes to editors:
The LGBT Fostering and Adopting information evening on Thursday 23 February will take place from 6.30-8.30pm at Stanley Park Children’s Centre, Stanley Park Road, Carshalton SM5 3JA. To book a place, please ring Kate Giles on: 020 8770 6672 or email: Sutton.fostering@sutton.gov.uk

For more information on New Family Social, please visit: http://www.newfamilysocial.co.uk or ring on freephone: 0800 073 0274.

Press Contact:
Nina Romain
Communications Officer
London Borough of Merton
020 8545 4654