LGBT fostering

Hackney is a richly diverse borough in the makeup of its cultural, faith and sexual identities, and we believe it is important that this is represented within our fostering community.

Children coming into care come from all backgrounds and for a variety of reasons. It’s therefore necessary to have foster carers that are understanding, empathetic and supportive of all their differing needs.

According to a Hackney survey conducted in 2015, 7% of the borough identified as LGBT, which is higher than the recorded data for London in 2017 (2.6%).

Over the past few years, there has been a growing interest in fostering from within the LGBT community and we want to see this continue in Hackney.

At present the number of LGBT foster carers for Hackney is representative of London, however we would like a closer reflection of our borough.

Who can foster?

It is a statutory requirement for a foster child to have their own room in a foster carer’s home, and as long as you are over 21, we welcome your interest and are happy to answer any questions you may have.

Check if you’re eligible

If you want to find out if you can Foster with Hackney use the eligibility checker or call a member of the team.

Check if you can foster

Fostering stories

Read what other foster carers have to say about fostering and going through the process with Hackney.


For additional FAQs, see our fostering FAQs page.

Page updated on: 3 March 2021

Fostering Recruitment


Corporate Parenting
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E8 1DY


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