Fostering diversity is the answer

Remarkably a child comes in to care every 20 minutes in the UK but we are still 8500 foster carers short of what is needed to support children

Every child is unique and requires a unique approach to support them to achieve their true potential. It’s essential that we attract foster carers from all walks of life to match the unique needs of a child.

The true embracing of individuality is more than just a tick box. It requires a “can do” attitude, within a culture that respects uniqueness and supports the building of equal relationships. We have a holistic approach supported by a set of values that enables us to challenge assumptions and really care for people.


Our positive open and inclusive culture was praised by Encompass Network when we were awarded our accreditation as a ‘safe space’ for employees, children and foster carers from the LGBTQ+ community. It means a great deal to us that people can feel safe and included within our organisation.

According to recent figures, if 1% of the LGBTQ+ community became foster carers it would remove the deficit of 8500 foster carers currently needed nationwide to support the children coming in to care.

We aim to encourage the widest possible range of people to become foster carers and in particular reassure people from the LGBTQ+ community and people living with disability that applications from them would be welcomed by us with open arms. We are looking to build diverse communities of foster carers across Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Essex, Norfolk and surrounding areas.

Anja McConnachie, from the Centre for Family Research at Cambridge University, recently talked at an event we hosted, on the positive impact of LGBTQ+ parents on child development. The outcomes of the research positively in support of people from the LGBTQ+ community undertaking parental roles, and highlighting numerous reasons why gay men and women would make excellent foster carers. Likewise organisations like Purple are campaigning to raise awareness of people with disability and the enormous contribution they make to our society.

Fostering network over the last two weeks have dispelled myths about who can and who cannot foster children. There are key personal qualities that foster carers need, like being warm, open minded, caring,non-judgemental and having the ability to build relationships with young people, the rest is down to the levels of commitment to learning, reflection and working together with others to achieve successful outcomes for children.

 In May each year we focus on Foster care for two weeks, but our challenge remains all year round. We are committed to maintaining a Safe Space for anyone considering fostering.

We often plan local events for people to come and meet us and ask questions about fostering.

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