I have worked with many a social worker who has personally believed that outcomes for children are greatly affected by same-sex parenting and have therefore avoided the route of pursuing gay adoption as best they could
When compared to teens of the same age, adolescents raised by lesbian parents are doing just fine socially, psychologically and academically, new research finds. Not only that, they have fewer social problems, and less aggressive and rule-breaking behaviors than other teens.
Since its launch in 1997 by the BAAF, NAW has grown and become stronger each year, reaching people across the UK wanting to know if they are eligible for adoption.
Events are being organised across the UK as part of the country’s first-ever LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week. It comes as gay adopters and foster carers are being hailed by social workers for their significant strengths in a survey commissioned by New Family Social, the LGBT network coordinating the week.
More and more members of the LGBT community are turning to fostering as a way to begin to build a family, and we at NRS are very keen to work alongside you and dispel the myths that you cannot foster. Whether you are married, separated, in a civil partnership, single or cohabiting, we believe you can make a fantastic foster carer. We pride ourselves on embracing individuals from all walks of life, and helping them to overcome the barriers which, in previous years, may have stood in their way.
The most important things we look for when considering potential foster carers that you will be able to provide a clean, safe, nurturing environment which will be open to a child’s individuality.
We seek foster carers who will be accepting of underprivileged children, and will help them to flourish and grow, even in the face of adversity.
NRS are based in South-East London, and we specialise in recruitment, working in conjunction with London Boroughs of Lewisham, Southwark, Sutton and Haringey. Throughout the UK there are currently in excess of 90,000 vulnerable children in the care system, so there is a huge demand for individuals and couples to care for children on both a short and long term basis.
London Local Authorities are eager to place children aged between 0 and 18 with families who can offer support, consistency, and an understanding ear to children who, for a variety of reasons, may have previously been overlooked and neglected. This is where we need people like you!
It is easy to register your interest in fostering - the first step in the process is a simple phone call to us, where we will help you begin your journey and get your foot in the door. We will be here to support you throughout the entire application process and offer you all the guidance and training you will require. We take care of all the admin checks, and try to make the whole application as painless as possible! We will also assign you a qualified social-worker, who has heaps of experience, and will be there to support you, provide you with advice, and answer any questions you may have along the way. To top it all off, we aim to get all prospective carers approved within as little as 12 weeks, which is one of the fastest turnarounds in the country.
We are just a phone call away, so if you are interested in hearing more, we would be excited to talk to you! We also hold regular information sessions in Hackney, Haringey, Lewisham and Southwark, which are designed to give you an overview of what to expect when becoming a foster carer, you can find out how the application process is structured and what happens if you are successful and are approved. To register your interest and book yourself a place on an information session, you can call us on 020 8690 9010, between 8am-6pm Monday-Friday. We look forward to your call!
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