A WILTSHIRE same sex couple has been talking about the challenges of fostering as they encourage more people to consider it as part of LGBT+ Adoption and Fostering Week.

Kerryann and Holly, from west Wiltshire, fostered a nine-year-old boy a few months ago and say he has already become an important part of their lives.

The couple had previously adopted their son Riley and wanted to provide a loving home for more through foster care.

They were in contact with Wiltshire Council’s fostering team and started the process to becoming foster parents.

Now their nine-year-old foster son is settling in well with good support from their social worker as well as foster care buddies.

Speaking about their foster son, Kerryann said there were "no barriers" to being a same sex foster couple and she "hadn’t found the process negative in any way."

She added: “It doesn’t matter what sexual orientation you are, every person has great ability and a lot of love.

"If you have a home and you have space and have the time and you want to make that change in your life go for it. It’s very rewarding and such a great thing to do.”

Laura Mayes, cabinet member for children’s services said: “I want to pay tribute to our foster carers.

"They don’t just provide a house, they provide a warm and loving home to support young people who are going through difficult times. I would encourage those considering fostering to get in touch.”

The week runs until March 10.

For more information go to wiltshire.gov.uk/fostering, or speak to the council fostering team on 01225 716510.