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It’s LGBT+ Adoption and Fostering week, and record numbers of LGBT+ people are considering becoming a parent to a vulnerable child.

In fact, according to New Family Social, a UK network for LGBT+ adoptive and foster families, one in eight adoptions in Wales, and one in ten adoptions in England, were to same-sex couples in 2017.

There is still a deficit however, and more than 7,000 foster carers are still needed across the UK.

Teresa Heritage, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services at Hertfordshire County Council, said:

Anyone, who can provide a loving, nurturing and secure environment for children to grow and thrive, can apply to be a foster carer or adopter. We know from experience that LGBT+ potential parents or carers are enthusiastic about considering if they can add to their family by choosing to adopt or foster a child in need.

As a local authority, we encourage people from all backgrounds and communities to foster with us and we are urging our local LGBT+ community to come and speak to us about the options available.

Rona Howard is a transgender woman who has been a foster carer in Hertfordshire for 15 years. She has fostered eight children on a long term basis.

Speaking to indy100, she wants to share her positive experiences with fostering so that others can see that being a member of the LGBT+ community is not a barrier to helping children in need.

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