21st June, 2021
It’s pride month in June! A time where millions of people come together in support of the LGBT+ community.
Pride is held each year in June to mark the Stonewall riots in 1969, where police attempted to raid a bar in New York called the Stonewall Inn. The Stonewall Inn was considered one of the few safe havens for many for the LGBT+ community in New York at the time and the raid sparked an uprising for LGBT+ people to begin fighting for their rights of equality across society. Whilst great strides have been taken year on year since 1969 towards equality, we still in 2021 find that potential LGBT+ foster carers very tentatively ask the question, can I apply to become a foster parent?
One of our foster carers recently coined the answer as far as Excel Fostering is concerned perfectly.
Lots of children in the care system have faced prejudice of some kind in their lives. Being in care comes with a label that can carry many preconceptions. Advocating for a child’s rights as they grow in all kinds of different circumstances is part of being a foster carer and something all our carers feel incredibly passionate about. Life experience from our foster carers is so valuable to the young people in our care and in some ways is something that no amount of training can teach.
Take a look at our myth busting page to help dispell some of the common misconceptions around being LGBT+ and fostering.
If you have a space in your home and your heart for a child in foster care, the first step is to reach out to us. We can send you an information pack and have an initial chat to start with to find out if fostering is right for you.
If you’ve got any questions or would like to find out more about fostering with Capstone, fill out the form below.
An experienced fostering advisor from your local area will then be in touch.