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Fostering: LGBT+ And Different Ethnicities

There are countless myths and misconceptions surrounding fostering and sexual orientation as well as ethnicity. For instance, people are often under the impression that if you are part of the LGBT+ community then you are less likely to be approved as a foster parent compared to those who are cisgender or who identify as heterosexual. 

It is important to point out that members of the LGBT+ community can apply to become foster parents. This includes LGTB+ couples as well as LGBT+ individuals. Transgender and nonbinary individuals are also able to become foster parents. Neither your sexual orientation nor your gender will impact your success when applying to be a foster parent. 

Similarly, you can apply to be a foster parent regardless of your ethnicity. You may assume that you are less likely to be approved as a foster parent if you belong to a certain ethnic group. Again, this is not the case. Your ethnicity should not and will not impact the application process or whether you are approved to foster a child. 

What Will Impact Whether or Not You Are Approved to Foster a Child?

If you are part of the LGBT+ community and you are divorced, then this will always be part of the assessment during the application process. It is important to determine whether your past relationships were healthy and if you are experiencing any emotional health issues or problems with your finances. This could impact your application as it may affect whether you can provide a stable environment for a foster child in your care. 

What Are The Requirements To Be A Foster Parent? 

If you are over the age of 21, have a spare room, and have the right to live and work in the UK, then you may apply to be a foster parent. 

Whether or not your application is successful will be based on if you can provide a loving, stable home to a child in your care. Your sexual orientation, gender or ethnicity will not be part of the decision and will not impact whether you are approved to be a foster parent. 

Is Fostering An LGBT+ Child Or A Child Of A Different Ethnicity More Challenging?

All foster children are unique. As with any other child, if you are fostering an individual who is part of the LGBT+ community or a different ethnicity to your own, then you must meet their personal needs. 

Addressing a foster child’s individual needs will always be part of the support and training for foster parents. For instance, children of a certain ethnicity may have particular hair or skin care routines that you need to be aware of. You may also need to ensure that children are connected to their culture and the community that they are part of. 

Most importantly, you need to be accepting of who they are and celebrate their unique personal identity
We hope this helps you understand everything you need to know about LGBT+ fostering or fostering as a member of a certain ethnic group. Ultimately, your gender, sexual identity or ethnicity will never prevent you from becoming the loving parent a foster child needs.