The latest campaign from Staffordshire County Council’s Fostering Service, to help find families for some of the county’s most vulnerable children, launches live on Facebook from the Market Square in Stafford today 12.30pm.
Every year, tens of thousands of children across the UK need someone to provide foster care and in Staffordshire alone, 60 more foster families need to be found this year.
Mark Sutton, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People at Staffordshire County Council said: “Changing a future is our theme for this year’s campaign and we hope that by showing people the difference that foster carers can make to a young person’s life, the more people will come forward. We all want to see children and young people get the best possible start in life and be able to realise their dreams, and that’s exactly what you could do as an approved foster carer for your local council. Continuity is so important for a child – including access to their extended family, friends and school so it’s vital we have a steady flow of local foster carers.
Staffordshire’s foster carers will be calling in at the following towns between 10am-2pm:
- Monday 13 May, Market Square, Stafford
- Wednesday 15 May, Market Square, Lichfield
- Friday 17 May, Dovefields, Uttoxeter
- Wednesday 22 May, Stone High Street (outside B&M)
- Thursday 23 May, Market Square, Cannock
Stafford based foster carer Jackie Meredith who previously fostered for an independent agency said “Fostering is a really wonderful thing to do and I’d encourage anyone who’s thinking about it to come and join us at one of the roadshows and events. It’s a great way of finding out exactly what’s involved. We transferred to Staffordshire County Council because we had heard about all the training and support available which really makes a huge difference. Fostering isn’t always plain sailing though and there will be challenges along the way. But it is great to see children grow and learn new things. And, the positives always outweigh the negatives.”
You can find out more about fostering with Staffordshire County Council at www.care4child.org/changeafuture or by calling 0800 169 2061.