PEOPLE from the LGBT+ community in Barnsley are being encouraged to consider fostering or adopting a child.

Barnsley Council’s fostering team and the regional adoption agency for the county, One Adoption South Yorkshire, are supporting this year’s awareness week.

The council has said they want to remind those who think they won’t be allowed to adopt because of their sexuality that they should not rule themselves out.

Coun Trevor Cave, cabinet spokesperson for children’s services, said: “There are many excellent foster carers and adoptive parents in the LGBT+ community across Barnsley and South Yorkshire, and I am pleased we are celebrating them this week.

“With increasing numbers of children needing a loving home, especially older children, it’s more important than ever to encourage LGBT+ families to consider this route.

“We welcome foster carers from all backgrounds and circumstances.

“Anyone can be a great foster carer - people’s personal qualities make them a great foster carer not their gender, relationship status or sexual orientation.”

If you are interested, visit the council’s foster caring website or call 775876.