Fostering NSW Engages with LGBTQI Community at Mardi Gras Fair Day

Monday, February 20, 2017

On the weekend ACWA’s Fostering NSW team hosted a stall at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Fair Day, at Camperdown Park in Newtown.

Attracting over 70,000 visitors, Fair Day offers a magnificent opportunity to raise awareness about the need for foster carers and to dispel myths around the eligibility of LGBTQI people to become involved in caring for vulnerable children and young people.

Many out-of-home care agencies were represented at the event and all were situated in the same location, giving a ‘village’ feel and ample opportunity for interested visitors to find out everything they wanted to know about fostering and adoption.

The Fostering NSW team was lucky to be joined by colleagues from ACWA and CCWT as well as Iman and Jim from CareSouth, and a wonderful same-sex foster couple, John and Rob, who were on hand to share their experiences.

After a bit of a slow start the stall attracted a steady stream of visitors, many of whom demonstrated qualities of empathy and understanding that indicated they would make fantastic foster carers.

It was wonderful day that captured the spirit of this year‘s Mardi Gras theme of ‘Creating Equality’, and the Fostering NSW team was proud to be part of it.