The hunt is on for local people with room in their hearts and room in their homes to help care for children when they need it most.
Foster Care Fortnight takes place from Monday, May 13 to Sunday, May 26, and potential carers in Knowsley are being urged to come forward and find out more about what fostering involves.
Knowsley’s Fostering Team are holding a drop-in session at the River Alt Resource Centre, Woolfall Health Avenue, Huyton, on Monday, 20 May from 11am-3pm (with a presentation from 12-1pm). Anyone who is interested in finding out more about fostering is welcome to come along, meet the team and chat with other foster carers to find out what it’s really like.
The team will also be out and about raising awareness of fostering in Tesco on Cables Retail Park in Prescot, on Wednesday, May 15, from 11-2.30pm.
Fostering involves looking after a child or young person in your own home at a time when they’re unable to live with their own families. Unlike adoption, fostering is a temporary situation for many children. Foster carers can choose whether to offer short or longer term care, and will have a say in the age of child/children they care for. At present there is a particular need for foster carers who are willing to care for children aged between 11-18.
Anyone with the right qualities can become a foster carer, you don’t have to be married, wealthy, or own your own home. Foster carers can be any sexuality, race or religion. Full training and support is provided to foster carers, and an allowance is paid to cover your expenses.
In fact, being a foster carer can be one of the most rewarding jobs you’ll ever do.
Cllr Graham Wright, Cabinet Member for Children and Family Services for Knowsley Council, said: “We have some fantastic, inspirational foster carers in Knowsley who make an enormous difference to the lives of local children every day.
“Fostering is such a rewarding thing to do, so if becoming a foster carer is something you’ve ever considered doing, then Foster Care Fortnight is the ideal opportunity to find out more.
“Our fostering team are more than happy to speak to anybody who is interested – and if you do decide to become a carer there will be support, training and advice every step of the way.”
For more information on fostering for Knowsley visit www.knowsley.gov.uk or telephone 0151 443 3958.