CHESHIRE West and Chester Council is urging more same sex couples to consider becoming foster carers during LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week 2018.

The council urgently needs more carers, particularly for children aged 11 and over.

Northwich couple Stephen and James say watching Sophie blossom in their care over the past two-and-a-half years has been 'the greatest reward ever'.

Having grown up in caring family units and discussed fostering together, the pair attended a drop-in information event and have received support along the way as they adapt to family life.

Stephen said: “Over the time that she has been with us, we have seen her grow into a happy, confident little girl, which is fantastic to see.

“A lot of same sex couples feel that it is not something that they would be able to do. Many feel that they will be treated differently to other foster carers because they have been treated differently at other times in their life.

“Having worked with the council’s fostering teams we have found that that is absolutely not the case."

Cllr Nicole Meardon, CWAC cabinet member for children and young people, said: “Every child deserves the best start in life and the support of our foster carers is essential in helping us to protect some of our most vulnerable children.

“Every foster family has their own story to tell about their fostering journey and I would urge anyone thinking about fostering to contact the council and speak to our team to find out about the support on offer."

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