PAUL ATWAL-BRICE BCAC
Paul has committed over 20 to years promoting diversity and inclusion, in addition to caring for two sets of adopted twin boys with his husband, Michael: one of which has both boys severely disabled with epilepsy and autism; the other, now in their teens, are considered ‘hard to place’.
From a challenging background, being fostered and in children’s homes until being adopted himself at the age of seven, Paul now works alongside the fostering network taking part in video’s promoting fostering to different ethnic groups and to the LGBTQ community. He also volunteers with the National Autistic Society, raising awareness of the challenges facing individuals with Autism face.
He is actively breaking down the barriers preventing LGBTQ and mixed-race people from fostering and adopting. Promoting LGBTQ adoption, particularly for children that are hard to place or have additional needs is a passion for Paul.
Paul mentors new LGBTQ foster carers, giving support and advice for families who may be looking after children with additional needs. Through channelling his energies this way Paul is directly responsible for helping those in the care system whose lives can seem hopeless and meaningless, find a safe, loving and friendly home.