Huw Irranca-Davies, MP for Ogmore, is supporting the work being done by Bridgend County Council to mark LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week.
The Labour run Bridgend County Borough Council is marking LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week (2-8 March) by urging lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people to consider making a positive difference to local children in need of a stable and loving home.
There has never been a greater need for more adopters and foster carers to come forward, particularly for sibling groups who often wait the longest to find new forever families.
According to the British Association of Adoption and Fostering (BAAF) over 6,000 adopters are needed, whilst the Fostering Network states that around 9,000 extra foster carers are needed in 2015 alone. In Bridgend County Borough, it’s estimated that there is a shortage of approximately 80 foster carers.
It is believed that just two per cent of LGBT people could help make up the shortfall of foster carers and adoptive parents across the UK.
The number of children adopted by same-sex couples has more than tripled since 2007 and figures for 2014 reveal that 5.8% of all adoptions in Wales were by same-sex couples.
Cllr Huw David, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: ‘We are once again supporting LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week as it’s the perfect opportunity to raise awareness of adoption and fostering, and we also recognise the strengths that same-sex couples have as parents.’
Speaking about the campaign, Huw Irranca-Davies said, ‘I am fully supportive of the important work that Bridgend County Borough Council are doing to mark LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week.’
‘It is wonderful that we have seen the number of LGBT adoptive families increase in the last ten years but it is crucial that this trend continues. There is a serious shortage of foster carers in South Wales and children are waiting for loving families to take them in.’
‘We need more members of the LGBT community to come forward and provide loving homes and families for Welsh children. Being part of a loving and supportive family will help these children to flourish.’
LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week is organised by New Family Social, the charity run by LGBT adopters and foster carers for families and families-to-be.
For further information on adoption contact the Western Bay Adoption Service on 0300 365 2222 or visit www.westernbayadoption.org. For information on fostering contact Bridgend Foster Care on (01656) 642674 or visit www.bridgend.gov.uk