Here at Fostering to Inspire we are an inclusive organisation that promotes diversity within foster care. Our commitment to diversity especially with the BAME community can be seen with our recent Black Lives Matter Pledge. Being able to provide care and support to a young person should not be an opportunity for just a few select people. Everyone should feel that they can approach a fostering agency to explore the opportunities and methods of caring for a vulnerable child or young adult.
This is the first of three blog articles where we will talk about how people of different ethnicities and sexual orientations are able to foster. They will focus on people thinking:
- I am Asian and I want to foster
- I am black and I want to foster
- I am LGBTQ and I want to foster
This time we are looking at how we welcome members from the Asian community into our network of foster carers, where they receive first class support from our team of experts.
The application process to become a foster carer is by no means geared towards race, colour, gender or sexual orientation in any way. Resident British Asian families and individuals are valued carers within our organisation and we are continually on the lookout for more to join.
Here is what one of our Asian foster carers, who fosters two black children, has had to say about their experience with Fostering to Inspire:
“It has been a pleasure to foster children from different cultures. I’ve enjoyed getting to know their needs, and promoting their identity and culture.
My BAME status is recognised and promoted in my fostering agency. I am accepted for who I am. I perceive all children from different cultures as children and they need to be respected within their respective identities.”
Fostering a child will be life changing both for you and the child. You will learn as much about yourself and the important things in life as the child in your care will learn from you. If you are a British Asian or from another ethnic minority background and want to consider fostering then please get in touch.
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