“Our little one had the time of her life painting my face and covering me in rainbow glitter at Chester Pride last year – we all really enjoyed ourselves.”
Those are the worst of Richard from Northwich, a Cheshire West and Chester Council approved foster carer.
Richard has been supported by the council’s fostering team throughout his fostering journey, from application through to placement.
He said: “We were bowled over by how inclusive the council’s fostering team were and continue to be.
“After fostering for nearly three years now I can honestly say it has been the most rewarding thing I have ever done.
“Not without its challenges but far outweighed by the rewards of seeing a young person have the opportunity to change their life and be such as huge part of that.”
It’s a particularly poignant message in the run up to Chester Pride this Saturday (11th August), and Richard is encouraging others from the LGBT community to apply to Cheshire West and Chester Council if they are considering fostering a child.
The council urgently needs more foster carers – particularly for young people aged 11 and over.
The council’s Foster4 recruitment team will be at Chester Pride (find them in the health, wellbeing and lifestyle zone on Castle Square) throughout Saturday afternoon.