Highlighting the difference fostering can make

Former foster child Jess Rees

Finding loving homes for our children in care is something that is close to my heart and I hope yours, and remains a priority for the county council.  Before Christmas we launched a new campaign to get more families to consider fostering and while we helped raise awareness of the issue there is still more work to be done.

We all know that foster care is the best option for most young people in care but to do this, we do need more foster families to come forward.  We have around 1,000 children in our care and need to recruit around 60 more families this year alone.  To help us, we have enrolled the help of two of our former foster children, Jess Rees and Marvin Campbell who are both doing very well in life and happy to share their positive experiences that fostering made to their lives.  Jess is now 19 and studying law at university and Marvin is a self-employed business consultant.  You can listen to their stories here.

All sorts of people from all walks of life can and do foster so if it’s something you might consider or you know someone who would make a good foster carer then please get in touch.  There’s more at www.care4child.org or by calling 0800 169 2061.

People can also attend one of the following informal information meetings with a chance to meet real foster carers:

  • Thursday 18 January,7pm, Burton Town Hall, Burton
  • Wednesday 31 January, 7pm, Staffordshire Place 1, Tipping Street Stafford
  • Tuesday 6 February, 7pm, Holiday Inn, Junction 15, Clayton Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme.

I hope you take the time to give this some thought, and help a child in need of a loving home.

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