A celebration event recognising the children of foster carers who play an important part in welcoming foster children into their homes was held in Knowsley.
The Sons and Daughters event paid tribute to those children who play a vital but often overlooked role - acting as foster siblings to the children who come to stay in their homes.
Knowsley currently has more than 100 fostering families, many of whom have children of their own living at home, and when a foster child is welcomed into the home the whole family has a part to play in making that child feel welcome, wanted and secure.
Cllr Gary See, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Children's Services, said: “We often talk about the dedication of foster parents, who give so much time and care to children in need of a temporary or even long term home. But the children of foster carers also play an important role, for which they also deserve recognition.
“Sometimes it can be hugely beneficial for the foster child to have relationship with a ‘foster sibling’ in the household - they can form great friendships and I know many of the children at the celebration event would tell you they feel like they’ve gained got lots of ‘brothers and sisters’ through fostering.
“We might imagine it being quite hard for children to 'share’ their home and their parents with other children, but it is really inspirational hearing from the children of foster carers in Knowsley, who often talk about how much they get out of living in a fostering home.”
Cllr See added: “We have quite a lot of carers now who grew up in homes where their parents fostered, and I think it’s a way for them to see first-hand how much fostering can change a young life and what a rewarding thing it is to do, which is fantastic.”
The event, held at the Venue in Huyton, was a chance for the children of foster carers, and their foster brothers and sisters, to reflect on the important role they play and to be awarded with certificates for their efforts. It was held as part of fostering’s national Sons and Daughters month in October.
If you are interested in finding out more about fostering, visit Knowsley Council's website www.knowsley.gov.uk and search for ‘fostering’, call 0151 443 3958 or like ‘Foster for Knowsley’ on Facebook.