Reggie Bear needs your help!

Christmas is usually a special time for families and something that children very much look forward to.  But it’s probably worth remembering that not all children will have the same certainty in their lives.

We have around 1,000 children in our care, most of whom are living with foster carers.  And while we know that placing children with foster families gives them the best chance of a better life we do have a shortage of families.

That’s why we’ve enrolled the help of Reggie bear, the Fostering Service’s mascot in our latest Christmas push to highlight the urgent need for more foster families.  We are asking you to pick up a picture of Reggie from your local library or download it from www.care4child.org and take a festive photo with him in it. We then ask if you would post it on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #ReggieFosterBear and tag a friend who you think would make a great foster carer.

Not only is this a fun way to help to raise the profile of fostering and encourage more people to come forward but everyone who takes part will be entered into a prize draw to win a £100 Love to Shop Voucher.  You can read more about the campaign at www.care4child.org  .  And, if fostering is something that you would consider yourself, then there is more information on the website or you can call 0800 1692061.  You could also pop along to one of our information evenings, with a chance to meet foster carers and talk to staff about what’s involved.  The next one is at Staffordshire Place 1, in Stafford on 6 December at 7pm.  Everyone will be made very welcome.

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