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Have You Considered Fostering Or Adoption ?

4th-10th March marks LGBT Fostering and Adoption week nationally.

To mark the week Bristol City Council are holding an open event for LGBT+ people who would like to find out more about fostering. Many LGBT+ people naturally consider adoption but did you know you can foster long term until a child reaches adulthood?

Many people feel their gender identity could be a barrier to them becoming foster carers. Not so! Your ability to care for, empathise and offer a child stability is what counts.

It will be held at the Kitchen Cafe, on Silver Street, Bristol on Wednesday 6th March from 6.30pm- 7.30pm. This will be an informal event with LGBT foster carers and care leaver available to talk with.

Meanwhile, CCS Adoption, Adoption West and Action for Children are running an LGBT open evening to give you the opportunity to find out more about adoption and the children who need adoptive families and the opportunity to find out more about LGBT adoption, the local LGBT Adoption network and the children who need adoptive families.

This event is being held on Thursday 7th March at The Watershed in Canon’s Marsh, Bristol from 6pm. There will be a short presentation at 7pm with a Q&A session with experienced LGBT adopters, you’ll also get to hear about their experiences and find out more about the application process.

Staff from CCS Adoption, Action for Children and Adoption West teams will be on hand to answer any questions you might have. You’ll find out what the next steps are if you decide that adoption is right for you.

To register for the event at The Watershed, click here.

Barnardo’s are supporting New Family Social’s LGBT+ Adoption and Fostering week where we’re celebrating the incredible work our LGBT carers and adopters do for children in need. If you’re thinkng about adoption and want to know more, join our expert team for a coffee in Bristol to find out about the benefits of adopting with us.

Testimonial: “The senior social worker was great at highlighting the skills and strengths we could bring as adoptive parents; she was able to instill a sense of confidence in us.” Patrick and Jeremy, Barnardo’s adopters.

Date: Wednesday 6 March 2019 Time: 11am-1pm Location: Fulford Centre, Gateway House Avenue, Bristol, BS13 9AQ Contact Details: 0117 978 2441

Please take a look at our website or Facebook Page for future events and contact details: www.barnardos.org.uk/fosteringandadoption/adoption/adoption-events-near-you.htm