Search for gay
adopters and foster carers
LIVERPOOL is backing the
UK’s 1st ever campaign aimed at recruiting gay adopters and foster
carers. Events are being held in 18 places across the country; including Liverpool; as part of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and
Transgender (LGBT) Adoption and Fostering Week, organised by the New
Councillor Jane Corbett, Liverpool’s Cabinet member for children’s
services, said:- "Every child has a right to a loving, happy
and safe family environment. And that's why providing a home
for a young person who cannot live with their own parents is one of
the best things you can do.
We need to find happy homes for children of all ages, regardless of
whether they are in the same sex or mixed sex relationships."
A recent study, conducted in conjunction with Cambridge University,
asked 130 social workers about the lesbian and gay applicants they
have worked with showed the lesbian and gay people often have the
right mix of skills and experience to raise children who have been
in care, and give them a great new start in life.
A total of 72% of social workers surveyed saw the:- "amount of
energy and enthusiasm" LGBT adopters bring to the process as a
significant strength while 76% saw:- "openness to difference, and
supporting a child with a sense of difference" as equally
Hugh Thornbery, Strategic Director of Children’s Services at Action
for Children, said:- "Over the years, our LGBT foster carers
and adopters have helped to transform many children’s lives.
We welcome more applications from LGBT foster carers and adopters;
the main thing is that you are able to give children and young
people the care and support they need to be happy and fulfilled."
Andy Leary-May, Director of New Family Social, says:- "More
and more LGBT people are choosing adoption and fostering as a way to
form a family, and we want prospective parents to see just how
rewarding it can be, and how much advice and support is on offer
from our huge community of families around the UK."
The free event will include talks from local LGBT adoptive and
foster parents about their own experiences and give those interested
information on how to start the process.
Did you know that
Liverpool has around 650 young people in foster care?
Find out more over the
LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week is from 20 February 2012 to 26 February 2012.
Do you want to
hold a street party to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee?
IF you are planning a
street party to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, you need to
contact the local authority. In Sefton street party organisers are
now being asked to get in touch with Sefton Council in relation to
possible street closures during the official celebration dates of 2
June to 5 June 2012.
Cabinet Member Street Scene and Transportation, Cllr John Fairclough,
said:- "Sefton is keen that as many people as possible enjoy
the special occasion, but any road closures must be formally
advertised in the local press. Residents planning a party have until
Friday, 27 April 2012, to notify the Council which will enable all
the road closures to be legally advertised in one advert. Last year
more than 40 street parties took place across the borough
celebrating the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
We are Hopping that just as many street parties will take place, or
even more, to celebrate yet another historical day. Organising a
street party has many rewards and brings together neighbours and
local communities. Anyone who is planning such an event should
contact us as soon as possible so that we have details on what they
are planning for the day. Unfortunately, it will not be possible to
process any requests after the deadline so we would urge residents
to get in touch as soon as possible."
Sefton Council has produced a Street Party application form for
residents intending on holding a party to fill in that can be
downloaded via this
LINK. Residents will need
to provide the organiser's name and address and contact details, the
date they plan to hold the party and the road or section of road
they wish to close. Officers will respond directly to each request
and usually there will not be a charge for the road closure. If you
are organising a street party, you can also complete a request for
the Mayor of Sefton to attend. Your request should be submitted as
early as possible as the Mayor's engagement diary tends to fill up
quickly. At least 2 weeks notice is required.
For further information about the Diamond Jubilee and other national
events to celebrate this historic mile stone, please visit:-