SAME sex couples who want to grow their families are being encouraged to adopt or foster as part of LGBT fostering and adoption week.

The week takes place from March 2 to 8 and helps encourage members of the LGBT community to provide a loving home for a child.

Across the borough, there is a need for more foster carers and adoptive parents for children and young people.

Nationally it was revealed that only two per cent of LGBT people choose to adopt or foster.

A spokesperson for Barnsley Council said: “It's LGBT+ Adoption and Fostering Week and Fostering Barnsley is reminding everyone that sexual orientation has no impact on whether you can foster or not.

“We welcome everyone here in Barnsley so if you could be a foster carer for a Barnsley child contact 01226 775876.”