Foster Carer’s Fortnight in Staffordshire

I am sure people will join me in celebrating the fantastic work our foster families are doing to help give local children a second chance of a happy life.  Every day, literally hundreds of children from across Staffordshire get the chance to do normal everyday activities without fear or worry thanks to our team of foster carers.

Foster Care Fortnight which starts on 16 May is the time we celebrate the work they all do and we are setting out to show how easy it is to become a foster carer.  Reggie  is our fostering bus and he will be making his way across the county over the next few weeks. It’s a great chance for anyone thinking about fostering to talk to our team and existing foster carers to find out exactly what’s involved.

Foster carers are wonderful people who open their homes to children and young people who have had a difficult start to life. Fostering can sometimes be a real challenge but our foster carers tell us that despite the hard work the rewards are immense. You won’t be going it alone; with the right training and support from our team you’ll be well prepared. Anyone over 21 with a spare bedroom can take their first step towards changing a child’s life.

We have around 400 fostering households across the county but with the number of children needing a loving home on the increase, and existing families retiring each year, we always need more families to come forward.  We hope to recruit 60 new families over the next twelve months and there is a specific need for carers for teenagers and sibling groups. So if you think you have what it takes, then please get in touch.

For Reggie’s tour dates or to find out more about becoming a foster carer visit

www.staffordshire.gov.uk/fostering or by calling 0800 169 2061.

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