We’re an inclusive fostering organisation that welcomes people from all backgrounds, and have many couples and singletons from the LGBTQ+ community who are making an extraordinary difference.
We often find the experience from the LGBTQ+ community invaluable in helping us support teenagers who are experiencing confusion and anxiety around their own sexual identity and those who may have experienced prejudice and discrimination in the past.
However, we know from experience that those from the LGBT community may have specific concerns relating to fostering and so we hope to give you some more information around LGBT fostering and encourage you to take your first step to become a foster parent.
Common questions from the LGBT community
Can same-sex couples foster?
Absolutely. You can be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender and still foster. It's your ability to care for a vulnerable child that matters, not your sexual orientation.
Can I be single and foster?
Yes. Though we welcome same-sex couples, we also welcome single foster parents – female, male or transgender - onto our team of great foster parents.
Will I be assessed in the same way as everyone else?
Yes. You’re applying to become an LGBT foster carer and the process is exactly the same for you as for everyone else. We evaluate your application on the same criteria to foster - and that’s simply your ability to look after and support vulnerable children and young people.
Will I be treated differently?
No. You’re one of our team and will have the same access to support and training as every other foster family we work with.
Sarah's fostering story
We chatted with Sarah - who's part of our LGBT community here at Orange Grove - about her experience of becoming a foster parent and the many reasons she loves what she does...
June 20 2018
“If you're LGBTQ and interested in fostering, we can’t recommend it enough"
Same-sex couple, James and Simon, share their experience becoming foster parents and the support they've received from Orange Grove.
October 9 2018
“We wanted to make a difference to children and young people in our home”
After fostering for just over a year, Chantelle and her partner Sophie already feel settled into their new role as foster carers.
Ready to start your fostering journey?
One of our team is available to talk to you over the phone to answer any of your fostering queries.
You can get in touch by filling out our online enquiry form with any queries that you may have.
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