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LGBT+ Adoption and Fostering Week

This week we’ve been celebrating LGBT+ Fostering and Adoption Week (6th – 12th March).

For LGBTQ+ people thinking about fostering or adoption the question absolutely shouldn’t be “will my sexual orientation or gender identity count against me?

We encourage lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender+ people to think about giving a loving home to a child and foster with Sefton Council.

Sefton needs more foster carers from all backgrounds regardless of their sexuality, gender, single, married, in same-sex relationships, race, ethnicity or religion.

We would like to share Mark and Dave’s inspirational story. The couple have been fostering with Sefton for 16 years and say that they have loved every minute.

Mark: At the moment we’ve got three foster children 6, 10 and 13. We also have other previous foster children who are still with us and are a massive part of our family.

Sometimes we have to count how many plates we need at the table and how many seats we need there is that many of us. That includes children their friends their partners, we’re just one big family and we love it.

Dave: We have different experiences of fostering children of all ages. It’s great to see the young ones coming through, they are such a delight. They’re learning and their minds are like sponges. They want to be loved and to be hugged and its beautiful.

When you’re looking after the teenagers you can really get stuck in with sports and games. We like the outdoors so it’s great for us to get out and about with them.

There’s never a shortage of one of them wanting to play a game of pool, badminton or have a rounders tournament in the back garden. Seeing them wanting to engage is heart-warming.

Mark: When our eldest came to us he was sad. We gave him the stability and support he needed during difficult teenage years. 10 years on and he’s working and he’s really doing well in his life and being in foster care hasn’t held him back because we’ve pushed him forward and encouraged him.

Dave: If anyone from the LGBT+ community is concerned or worried or apprehensive about fostering, please find out more. We started 15 years ago, and it has been an amazing journey we’ve never been held back, and we’ve always been encouraged to be the carers that we are today.

Mark: I completely echo what Dave has said. If you are thinking about fostering honestly it is one of the most rewarding things you can do. It can be challenging at times, but you are bringing happiness and life to children who actually need love, a good home and support.

Sefton’s Foster Carers are paid for their skills, receive full training and support, plus allowances.

Anyone who is thinking about fostering can find out more by speaking to one of the team or by visiting the dedicated website at https://seftonfostering.co.uk/ 

Or call the freephone number – 0800 923 2777

If anyone is thinking about adoption, please visit www.adoptioninmerseyside.co.uk.

Find out more about fostering with Sefton Council in 2023 by visiting our ‘pop-up shop’ at the Strand Shopping Centre

This New Year we are asking people to think about becoming a foster carer with Sefton Council and offer a child a loving family that can help them grow and build a connection.

We’d love you to come and meet our friendly team, Sefton’s foster carers, and young people at the Strand Shopping Centre in Bootle, Tuesday 17th – Friday 20th January.

Come and chat to us and find out all you need to know about this rewarding role and the process of becoming a foster carer.

We’ll also be bringing some activities for you to have fun and get involved in.

Strand Shopping Centre – 73 The Hexagon, Bootle, Merseyside, L20 4SZ

Upper Level, (Next to JD Sports and opposite Greggs Bakers) – Store Map

Tuesday 17th – Friday 20th 9.30 – 4.30pm

Drop in Anytime

Our friendly team including our foster carers will be on hand for you to come along at anytime and have a cup of tea and a chat.

In your own time, you’ll be able to speak to experienced foster carers and the team about how to become a foster carer and the benefits that come with it.

Wednesday 18th Jan 12 – 1pm

Information Session

If you’ve been thinking about fostering, why not make 2023 the year to find out more and what better place than at our info session at the Strand.

Our friendly team will give an informal presentation about the process of becoming a foster carer and answer any of your burning questions.

You’ll also meet some of our amazing foster carers who will share their experiences and give fantastic insight into the role and the support you can expect.

 

Sefton’s Foster Carers are paid for their skills, receive full training and support, plus allowances.

Find out more about fostering or about our Strand pop-up by calling us on our freephone number – 0800 923 2777

Or by visiting the dedicated website at https://seftonfostering.co.uk/ 

Angel Wing art installation highlights the need for more local people to look after children and young people in Sefton

Sefton’s Fostering Service invites you to view a beautiful ‘Angel Wing’ art installation at Crosby Library in Waterloo, as it honours foster carers and highlights the need for more people to open their homes to vulnerable children.

The wings are made up of 614 individual paper feathers. Each feather represents the 614 children in Sefton’s care.

The Angel Wings are also to honour amazing foster carers everywhere as they truly are guardian angels to foster children and families.

The project, which began in May, included carers and the fostering team going out to shopping centres and libraries to ask people to decorate their own paper feathers or write a message about what family means to them.

The Angel Wing installation is at Crosby Library until the New Year, so please go along. Take a picture and don’t forget to use the hashtag #EverydayAngel and tag Sefton Fostering.

Councillor Mhairi Doyle, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Social Care said: “It is just fantastic to be able to engage with communities with such an interactive and creative project.

“Some people see angel wings as a symbol of guardianship. Therefore, this installation not only recognises our carers, who are like guardian angels to foster children, but the 614 feathers really put into perspective the need for more people to become foster carers.

“I urge anyone who is thinking about fostering to find out more. Just imagine, one of these feathers represents a life that you can turn around.”

Sefton’s Foster Carers are paid for their skills, receive full training and support, plus allowances. Anyone who is thinking about fostering can find out more by visiting the dedicated website at https://seftonfostering.co.uk/ 

People can also speak to one of the team by calling our freephone number on 0800 923 2777 or email fostering@sefton.gov.uk 

Invite to view Sefton’s Fostering Services’ Angel Wing Art Installation for the first time

Pupils from Stanley High School, Southport decorating paper feathers for Sefton's Fostering Services Angel Wing project
Pupils from Stanley High School, Southport

Sefton’s Fostering Service would love you to join them for the unveiling of their beautiful Angel Wings designed by children and young people from Sefton.

The event takes place: Monday 31st Oct at Crosby Library, Waterloo, Crosby Road North, Liverpool L22 0LQ

 

Angel Wing Launch 11 – 12pm 

The Angel Wing art installation will be made up of 614 individually decorated paper feathers and are in honour of foster carers who truly are guardian angels to our foster children.

The 614 individual feathers represent each child in Sefton’s care, some of whom are in need of loving homes.

On the day guests will hear from two of our dedicated foster carers Paul and Dawn and will get to watch a video with young people about how the project has unfolded.

Fostering Information Session 12 – 1pm

After the launch of the Angel Wings, a Fostering Information Session will take place for anyone who wants to speak one-on-one with the team and our carers. Here you can get more of an insight about the real-life experiences of our foster carers, find out more about the process of becoming a carer and ask any questions.

Recruitment Team Manager Jennifer Rose Murphy said “We’re so excited to see the Angel Wings really coming together. We’ve been working with our children in foster care, children visiting libraries and other events and school children from across the borough, to really involve our communities and raise awareness.

“I would like to say a massing thank you to teachers and pupils from Formby High School, Maghull High School, Stanley High School, and Summer Hill Primary School, who have all really embraced this project and sent us such colourful and creative designs.

“We desperately need more foster carers to give loving homes to children in Sefton. If you want to make a difference and have ever thought about fostering or if you want to learn more so you can help us share our message, please come along.”

Refreshments will be available on the day.

Sefton’s Foster Carers are paid for their skills, receive full training and support, plus allowances. Anyone who is thinking about fostering can find out more by visiting the dedicated website at https://seftonfostering.co.uk/ 

People can also speak to one of the team by calling our freephone number on 0800 923 2777 or email fostering@sefton.gov.uk 

Foster with Sefton Council and benefit from an extensive Lifestyle and Support Package

If you want to make a difference to a child’s life please find out more about becoming a foster carer with Sefton Council.

As a foster carer you’ll be giving some of Sefton’s most vulnerable children and young people the stability and support which will allow them to flourish and reach their full potential.

Sefton is committed to providing the very best around the clock support to our carers, every step of the way.

Please take a look at our Brand-New Fostering Information Booklet where you can gain insight into what it is like to be a foster carer, get the chance to meet some of our amazing foster carers and find details about our comprehensive Lifestyle and Support Package.

This package includes high-quality training/development and payment and allowance rates.

It also includes lifestyle benefits such as free Gym and Active Sefton membership for the whole household, free parking available across the whole of Sefton and much more.

Please make an enquiry here Contact Us – Sefton Fostering Service

Or contact the Fostering team for more information free phone 0800 923 2777 or email Fostering@sefton.gov.uk

Please take a look at our NEW Information Booklet  NEW Fostering Information Booklet OL

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