A region-wide recruitment campaign was launched in January to highlight the need for more than 700 new Local Authority fostering households in the North West, where there are 10,000 children in foster care. In Lancashire alone, around 20 children need foster homes each week.
As part of the campaign, Lancashire County Council is encouraging people from the lesbian, gay, bi or transgender (LGBT) community to consider fostering or adoption.
LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week takes place from Monday 6 March until Sunday 12 March, and is run by New Family Social, the network for LGBT adoptive and foster families.
County Councillor Matthew Tomlinson, cabinet member for children, young people and schools, said: "We're fortunate in Lancashire to have a number of same-sex couples who are providing stable and loving homes for children and young people who cannot live with their own families.
"We always need more foster carers and adoptive parents from all walks of life, and I want to remind people that we welcome applications from people of all ages, single, married, cohabiting, in same-sex relationships, with or without their own children, working or not.
"What the children and young people need most of all is to be with people who have a caring nature, who enjoy being with children and have a determination to see it through. Our children need people to stand by them.
"I'm delighted that we are supporting this year's LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week. LGBT people make great parents and there are so many children waiting for a loving home, either temporary or permanent. Perhaps you could be a parent to a child who is waiting.
"To be considered as adoptive parents, they need to be over 21, and living in or close to Lancashire."
Recognising that adoptive families require support at different times and even when the adoption has taken place, there are a range of support services and advice available.
Fostering and adoption information evenings are held regularly throughout the year in Preston. To find out more about fostering or adoption, please phone 0300 123 6723.
More information about the week can be found at www.lgbtadoptfosterweek.org.uk