Our diverse fostering community

Our diverse communities: We are particularly keen to hear from people from African, Caribbean and Asian diasporas 

Brighton and Hove is a vibrant, multicultural city with a diverse population of children in care. Across the city, at least 50 languages are spoken, representing people from around the globe who practice a range of religions. Some of our young people in care are unaccompanied asylum seekers and Muslim and, as with all children who are fostered, it is important that they have carers who best suit their needs.

We are proud of our unique fostering community, which includes children and foster carers from a wide range of backgrounds. We are keen to recruit more Foster Carers from a broad range of cultures and faiths, so that we can place children with a family that best matches their background.

If you’re Muslim or come from one of our diverse communities, we’d love to hear from you. We are particularly keen to hear from people from  African, Caribbean and Asian diasporas. Please get in touch for a friendly chat with Virginia Collison, our designated team member responsible for recruiting from our local BAME communities. Virginia can be reached by calling 01273 295444 or e-mailing fosteringrecruitment@brighton-hove.gov.uk

Fostering as a black carer - Stella's story

Visit our UASC page to find out more about fostering Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC) and Young People

Becoming an anti-racist city

Brighton and Hove has pledged to be an anti-racist council. We will use our resources and change what we do to actively dismantle racist structures and challenge racial inequality.

We will work in partnership with Black and Minority Ethnic people including council staff, residents and community groups to directly shape our anti-racism strategy through their lived experiences and diverse perspectives.

The council also welcomes the commitments made so far by people and organisations in the city to be anti-racist. We call on all services and employers in the city to do everything they can to work towards Brighton & Hove becoming an anti-racist city and the council is ready to play its part

Please click here for more information.

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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT+)

Our current LGBT+ foster carers have helped to transform many children’s lives and we are keen to build on their success.

Whether you are male or female, straight, gay, bisexual or transgender, we positively encourage all LGBT+ people to join our fostering community.

We are a member of New Family Social, a UK charity, led by LGBT+ adopters and foster carers. New Family Social exists to help you decide if adoption or fostering is right for you and it is run by LGBT+ adopters and foster carers who have been through this process themselves.

Here's how we celebrated Pride in 2019. We can't wait to be able to take part in the Brighton Pride community parade again.

Fostering mixed race siblings - Sarah and Gemma's story

Our journey as LGBT+ Foster Carers - Simon and Rob's story

Fostering teenagers - Chris and Kieran's story

Matt Rood, Mr Gay UK and founder of Pride Families, talks about his experience as a foster carer

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The things our carers love about fostering children from different backgrounds

“We’ve learnt about different religions, traditions and celebrations. It’s been informative and insightful to learn about different beliefs from around the world”

“Meal times are exciting and varied as we share our favourite foods and learn about foods and recipes from other countries. We’ve tasted the most amazing dishes and had so much fun”

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Training and support

In addition to our ongoing package of training and support, we also offer;  

  • A Cultural Identity Support Group, open to all carers
  • Mandatory training on caring for BAME children
  • Plenty of resources and support to help carers meet the specific needs of BAME and LGBT+ children and young people.
  • The opportunity to buddy up with an experienced Foster Carer of BAME or LGBT+ children and young people.
  • Specific training and a lively, informed support group for carers looking after unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and young people

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