Can you help to give a child a loving home?

Councillor Graham Cain

Councillor Graham Cain

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Blackpool Council has announced a special messsage - “Everybody can foster” - in support of National LGBT adoption and fostering week.

The event, which starts on Monday, encourages lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to offer a helping hand to children in care in need of love and support.

Coun Graham Cain, cabinet secretary for Blackpool Council, said: “We know from experience that LGBT people often come to adoption and fostering with an open mind and real enthusiasm, as it’s often their first choice for growing their family.

“Many of our children have had a very traumatic start to life and we’ve seen them thrive with their new parents. You can be single, over 40 and you don’t need to own your own home to consider foster caring or adoption.

“We need people with stability, love and resourcefulness who can help a child with whatever needs they may have.”

People who are interested in fostering or adopting are encouraged to attend a special open event to find out more.

The open day will take place at the Hilton Hotel on North Promenade on March 22.

Potential foster carers are invited to come along between 10am and 12pm, while both potential adopters and foster carers can visit from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.