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LGBT+ Fostering

Can I foster if I’m gay?

Fostering sanctuary seeking children in the UK is an important and valuable way to support vulnerable children and young people who have arrived in the country seeking refuge from violence, persecution, or war. These children may have been separated from their families and are often in need of a safe and nurturing environment where they can recover from their experiences and build a new life.

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LGBT foster care myths

Being gay and divorced does not automatically disqualify someone from fostering in the UK. The primary consideration in the fostering process is the ability of the prospective foster parent to provide a safe and nurturing environment for a child. As long as the individual meets the necessary criteria, such as passing background checks and meeting age and health requirements, they can be considered for fostering regardless of their sexual orientation or marital status.

Transgender and bisexual individuals can certainly become foster parents in the UK. Sexual orientation does not preclude anyone from fostering. In fact, at Match Foster Care we actively encourage people from diverse backgrounds, including those who identify as gay, transgender or bisexual, to consider fostering.

Becoming an LGBT+ foster parent in the UK is a similar process to becoming a foster parent for anyone else. Here are some general steps to consider.

Once you decide to become a foster parent through Match Foster Care you will need to complete an application. You will be asked to provide information about your personal background, your motivation to foster, and your experience working with children.

The second step is the assessment process which usually takes 16-20 weeks to complete. During this period, a social worker will visit you for an assessment, which includes interviews and home visits to assess your suitability to foster. 

Next, you will be required to complete a training program that covers a range of topics, including child development, safeguarding, and fostering regulations.

Once your assessment and training are complete, a fostering panel will make a recommendation on your approval as a foster parent.

If you are indeed interested in fostering, you can contact our team for more information on the process and requirements.


Areas We Cover

Match Foster Care covers all over the West Midlands, including, BirminghamWorcestershireStaffordshireDudleySandwellHerefordshireTelfordWolverhamptonShropshireWalsallWarwickshireStokeSolihullCoventry and Gloucestershire.

We have two offices: one in Droitwich and one in Stoke but our staff are located across the whole region to provide local support when you most need it.  

Match Foster Care

Droitwich Office

Severn House, 30 – 32 Ombersley Street West, Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire,

Match Foster Care

Stoke-on-Trent Office

3-5 Vale Street, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire,