City in call for LGBT people in Aberdeen to help meet the needs for more foster carers and adopters

Aberdeen City Council is joining in the UK-wide LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week which runs from 5 to 11 March.

The council is encouraging LGBT people to help provide homes for children and young people by becoming either foster carers or adopters.

Education and Children’s Services Convener, Councillor John Wheeler, said: “More LGBT adopters and foster carers are needed to provide loving, stable homes for children in Aberdeen. Aberdeen City Council’s first priority is to support children and young people to remain with their families. However, when that is not possible the Fostering and Adoption Service needs fostering and adoptive placements for our children to enable them to continue to grow up in their city.”

Isabel McDonnell, Children’s Services Manager, said “We are pleased to be supporting LGBT Fostering and Adoption Week and would be interested in hearing from people who are considering either becoming a foster carer or adopter. We know that many will feel unsure if they are in the right position, but we have staff who can support and talk them through the process.

“We need people with stability, love and resourcefulness and flexibility who can help a child with whatever needs they may have. If anyone feels that they can offer this or would like to find out more, we would encourage them to get in touch.”

To mark the week, Aberdeen City Council is lighting up Marischal College in the rainbow colours of the LGBT pride flag and will be running an informal information event at Westburn Centre AB25 2QA on Wednesday 7 March from 5pm -7pm. This is an opportunity to meet foster carers, adoptive parents and staff to find out more.

You can also find out more about adoption or fostering with Aberdeen City Council by e-mailing adoptfostrecruitment@aberdeencity.gov.uk or contacting our Recruitment Team on 01224 264242.