To mark Foster Care Fortnight, Knowsley’s fostering service are appealing to local people who think they have what it takes to make a difference to a local child’s life.
If you love spending time with children and young people, have plenty of love, patience and time to offer, as well as room in your home, fostering could be the job for you!
With high profile television documentaries like Channel 4’s Wanted: A Family of My Own, showing the nation the fantastic and life-changing job that foster carers do, Knowsley Council is hoping that more people will be inspired to come forward and become foster carers too.
As the national Foster Care Fortnight campaign asks people to ‘Guess Who Fosters’, Knowsley is reminding people that there is no such thing as a ‘typical carer’, and there are no ‘rules’ about who can and can’t foster. 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 you will be paid for the care you provide. As a foster carer for Knowsley you have the option to progress, working towards different ‘Skills Levels’, for which an additional payment, similar to a wage, will be paid.
During the Fortnight, two Information Sessions will be held at the River Alt Resource Centre, Woolfall Health Avenue, Huyton. The first is on Monday, 12 May from 6-7.30pm, and the second on Wednesday, 21 May from 4.30-6pm. It is an opportunity to meet the team, ask any questions and talk to some current foster carers about their experiences and learn about fostering for Knowsley.
The fostering service will also be out and about raising awareness of fostering across the borough during Foster Care Fortnight at the following venues:
- Huyton Town Centre – Monday 12 May, 11am-4p
- Kirkby Town Centre – Tuesday 13 May, 11am – 4pm
- Prescot Retail Park (outside Tesco), Thursday 15 May, 11am – 4pm
- Halewood Shopping Centre, Roseheath Drive, Monday 19 May, 11am-3pm
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, and sibling groups.
Paul Boyce, Director of People Services at Knowsley Council, said: “Fostering is such a rewarding job and we’re hoping that by raising awareness of what fostering involves that more people will come forward to be considered.
“There are no hard and fast rules about who can foster – we’re simply looking for people with the right qualities to help provide love, stability and support for young people when they need it most.
“If you’re interested in finding out more, please get in touch.”
For more information on fostering for Knowsley visit www.knowsley.gov.uk and search for ‘fostering’, telephone 0151 443 3958, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or like the Foster for Knowsley Facebook page www.facebook.com/fosterforknowsley.