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Issue:- 23 February  2012

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 Family Social.

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 important.

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.

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