A BROMSGROVE fostering agency is aiming to raise the need for more people to come forward and offer a vulnerable child a loving home, as part of a National LGBT Adoption and Fostering week.

With more than 72,000 children and young people currently in care, Orange Grove Bromsgrove is supporting the awareness week (Monday, March 5, to Sunday 11), to raise the profile of fostering and adoption in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Sue Purtill, registered manager for Orange Grove Bromsgrove, said: “More LGBT foster carers are needed to provide loving, stable homes for children in Bromsgrove particularly for older children and brothers and sisters.

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

“We are very proud of the contribution our carers from the LGBT community make towards changing the lives of some of the most vulnerable children in Bromsgrove.”

Now in its eighth year, LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week is organised by New Family Social, a charity that supports LGBT adopters and foster carers across the UK.

Fostering is a way to make a real positive difference to a child’s life, providing children and young people with a stable and loving home and the support and encouragement they need to flourish and do well.

Fostering for Orange Grove Bromsgrove also offers full training, support and the opportunity to learn new skills.

For more information visit orangegrovefostercare.co.uk.