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LGBT+ Fostering

Working with the LGBT+ Community

Did you know that more than 60% of Britons are unaware that people from the LGBT+ community can foster? At Five Rivers Child Care, we are committed to supporting our Foster Carers from the LGBT+ community and guiding singles and couples through the application process. Equality, diversity, and inclusivity is an integral part of Five Rivers’ ethos which is reflected in the services we provide, and in the service provided by our staff. Above all else, we want to ensure our children are placed in a supportive, nurturing environment, where they are cared for and feel safe.

We welcome you to call or email us with any questions or visit our page on becoming a Foster Carer for more information.

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Annabelle and Sally’s Story

It’s important to us to dispel the misconceptions around LGBT+ fostering. We recently partnered with Some Families, the UK’s first LGBT+ parenting podcast series to share Annabelle and Sally’s fostering journey.

Listen to Annabelle and Sally’s podcast here. 

Foster carers Sally and Annabelle

Misconceptions about same-sex couples and LGBT+ individuals could be impacting foster care recruitment

There are common misconceptions about same-sex couples and LGBT+ individuals which could be impacting foster care recruitment.

Gender, sexuality, religion or ethnicity does not stop someone from becoming a Foster Carer. Some of our most amazing Foster Carers are from the LGBT+ community and it’s extremely important to us that we have Foster Carers from all backgrounds to reflect the diversity of those youngsters in the care system.

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Foster care at Five Rivers Child Care

New Family Social Support

We work closely with New Family Social to ensure our services are as inclusive and friendly as possible. Following your training, you will be invited to our foster care support group meetings as well as being given membership to Foster Talk and the New Family Social, a UK charity led by LGBT+ adopters and Foster Carers.

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Becoming a Foster Carer

By joining Five Rivers Child Care, you’re not just a Foster Carer – you become a valuable and respected member of our team. We believe in the importance of equality and collaboration and regularly meet with our carers to hear their views on our service. As a social enterprise, we invest in ongoing training and are here for you every step of the way.

If you are thinking of becoming a Foster Carer and joining our team, then please get in touch with us. We’d love to hear from you.


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Are you engaged and passionate about helping children and young people in your area? Become a Foster Carer with Five Rivers today.

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