27th Apr 2015
LGBT Foster Care
Feeling unable to be open about her sexuality while growing up in foster care, Emma Willoughby wants to help provide training for carers so they can better support LGBT young people.
The 18-year-old from Somerset is bisexual and is concerned that some adults in caring roles may have outdated views.
‘I want to help foster carers understand and support LGBT young people,’ explains Emma.
‘I am passionate about this because I felt isolated and I don’t want this to happen to others.’
As part of the training given to potential foster carers, Emma wants support for LGBT young people in care to be among the issues addressed.
With Fixers, she’s helped create a booklet to offer information on the subject.
She hopes this will make life easier for young people in care who are questioning their sexuality.
Read Emma’s Fixers leaflet ‘Learn to Listen’ below.
‘I think the leaflet is very good,’ Emma says.
‘It holds all the information people need to know.
‘I’m attending training days to talk to foster carers about it, but other people can use it too if they feel like it will help them.’
Emma will be holding workshops with new foster carers and has already received positive feedback from Somerset Foster Team, who are keen to make sure her resource is put to good use.
‘I hope to help foster carers understand young people who are LGBT so they do not feel isolated,’ Emma adds.
‘They should feel that they can talk to their carers about it.’
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