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Tameside couple support LGBT+ Adoption & Fostering Week

Press Release: 04/03/2021

 
Katie and JoanneA SAME sex couple from Tameside are supporting a campaign to encourage more LGBT+ people to consider fostering & adoption.
 
Katie Scragg and Joanne Ryan have fostered for Tameside Council for the past four years and are helping to highlight New Family Social’s annual LGBT+ Adoption and fostering week from 1-8 March, which this year has a ‘Build your Family’ theme.
 
Tameside Council Fostering Service, along with 4 other local authorities in Greater Manchester has teamed up with Gaydio to support the campaign. You can listen to Katie and Joanne and other local authority foster carers share their incredible experiences here:
https://www.gaydio.co.uk/life/fostering-in-greater-manchester/?_=57514
 
With 80,000 children in care in 2020, the need for foster carers and adopters is greater than ever before. Tameside Council Fostering Service is looking for local people from all backgrounds to consider fostering children of all ages, including younger children, teenagers and sibling groups.
 
People who foster for their local authority give local children the chance to experience a stable and loving family life and to remain within their local area. This means that local authority foster carers are helping children to stay close to friends and family, and to remain in the same schools, at what can otherwise be a very unsettling time in their lives.
 
Katie and Joanne decided to foster for the council, saying: “It felt right to us, everybody has the same goal…it’s about keeping the children local, you’re working with your local community”.
 
They described at how rewarding the role was: “The children become part of your family…it feels amazing to know you’re involved in making that improvement and ultimately seeing the children blossom, having the confidence to do things they couldn’t when they first walked through the door”.
 
Tameside Council needs foster carers from all backgrounds to look after children of all ages. Anyone interested can fill out the online form on the website www.tameside.gov.uk/fostering or call for an initial chat on 0161 342 2342.
 
 
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