Care Visions is a strong supporter of LGBTQ+ Foster Carers. We want to ensure that individual people who identify as being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender feel welcome to express interest in fostering with us regardless of their sexual orientation.
Care Visions takes pride in being an inclusive fostering agency, currently supporting a number of outstanding LGBTQ+ carers who provide loving homes for children and young people. Your gender, sexual orientation, or relationship status does not impact your enquiry or application, as long as you have the ability and capacity to care for a child. Our primary focus will always be to offer the best care and nurturing environments to our children and young people.
So first steps are to check that you meet the following criteria: being over 25 years old, having a spare room, and having the desire to make a positive impact on a young person's life. If you do, then please be reassured that your enquiry will be responded to by staff members already working alongside foster carers with diverse backgrounds.
Representation is crucial for several reasons. The LGBTQ+ community plays a significant role in Scotland's diverse and inclusive culture. We believe that when young people are surrounded by successful adults who share similar experiences, they feel less isolated and alone. However, living with adults who have different identities and life experiences can also enrich a young person's perspective and understanding of others. We strongly believe in equality and advocate for it to ensure that your rights are respected in the fostering role and that we offer a duty of care to you and your family.
We are always seeking individuals and couples who possess compassion for caring for children and young people, allowing them to flourish in a safe and supportive environment.
Over the past two decades, changes in laws and policies have gradually transformed the landscape of LGBTQ+ fostering, including the Looked After Children (Scotland) Regulations 2009, which enabled same-sex couples to foster.
While we acknowledge that certain communities may still hold misconceptions that factors like sexual orientation, marital status, or gender could prevent certain people from fostering, we are here to provide reassurance that this is not the case. At Care Visions, we welcome applicants from the LGBTQ+ community who possess the right attitude for caring for young people, regardless of whether they are single, in a same-sex couple, or LGBTQ+ in hetero-appearing relationships.
Fostering is open to anyone who can offer a stable and loving home to a child. We are dedicated to creating a safe and supportive community for all our carers, starting from your initial contact with us and throughout your fostering journey.
If you are considering becoming a foster carer but don't know where to begin, we recommend taking our Readiness Quiz as a good starting point. Additionally, you might find it helpful to speak to other foster carers, particularly those who are in the LGBTQ+ community, as well as reflecting on your own experiences. You can read stories from experienced foster carers to gain a better understanding of what fostering entails. Our blog provides valuable information and links to useful resources, and you can request an information pack and phone call by leaving a few details via this link.