Got time to foster?

This month we’re celebrating Foster Care Fortnight,  which is the annual celebration of the amazing difference that foster families make to children’s lives every day.

As a County Council one of the most important things we do is keep vulnerable children safe.  We do this in a number of ways, by finding loving homes for them, either through adoption or finding a foster family for them.  We all want to see children and young people get the best possible start in life, and that’s exactly what you could do as an approved foster carer for our fostering service.

All sorts of people from all walks of life can and do foster and there’s plenty of help along the way. You’re never on your own. There’s always advice on hand, there’s lots of training and support and you’ll receive a competitive fee too.

Throughout the fortnight, our fostering roadshows have been visiting towns and villages, with people getting the chance to talk to real foster carers. Watch a short video of our first roadshow in Stafford.

A short film called ‘There was a boy’ is also highlighting the urgent need for foster carers for teenagers.

A series of online animated videos voiced up by members of our staff to start the conversation are also amongst the campaign activities.  They’re definitely worth a watch.

What are friends for… to find out about long-term fostering)

Go for it…! to find out about disability fostering)

You want us to what…? to find out about teenage fostering)

Fostering can be a challenge and it takes the right attitude and some core qualities but anyone over 21 with a spare bedroom can do it.  We already have around 370 fostering households across the county but with the number of children needing a loving home on the increase, and families retiring each year we always need more to come forward. 

If it’s  something you are considering or you know anyone who might be suitable and thinking about it, then the team would love to hear from you.  You can call them on 08001692061 or visit www.care4child.org/fostering.  You’ll also get dates for all our information meetings too which are another way of taking that first step.   

 

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