THE county is showing its support to the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community which is helping to make a difference to children’s’ lives.

Somerset County Council is flying the rainbow flag at County Hall, Taunton, to mark LGBT Fostering and Adopting Week, which today (Monday).

Somerset County Gazette:

Caroline and her partner Liz have been fostering for six months and fostering gives them it gives them a real sense of satisfaction.

They said: “We went along to a fostering information evening and following that, we decided that we wanted to give a child a safe and loving home.

“We foster because we want to support children who are experiencing difficulties in their life and to give back to our community.

"What we get out of fostering is the knowledge that we are keeping someone safe, and when we hear a giggle or see a smile, it just makes our heart flutter.”

Caroline and Liz have written a blog about their fostering experience - that can be read here - to offer advice to other potential foster carers.

Cllr Frances Nicholson, cabinet member for children and families at Somerset County Council, said: “Flying the LGBT rainbow flag at County Hall is a symbol of our appreciation for LGBT foster carers and adopters, and of our commitment to break down existing preconceptions regarding who can foster or adopt.

“There are vulnerable children in Somerset who need help and we are keen to encourage other enthusiastic, community minded people like Caroline and Liz to come forward.

"Your age, gender, sexual orientation or marital status are not important – it’s what you can offer a child that counts.”

If you have a spare room, time and a willingness to care for a child, call Somerset County Council on 0800-5879900.