Foster Care Fortnight – do you have time to foster?
Get involved with foster care fortnight 16 – 29 May 2016. Our fostering team are encouraging people to consider fostering and help provide vulnerable children with a stable and loving home.
This year’s Foster Care Fortnight message is that for many prospective foster carers ‘now’ is the time to care and ‘now’ is the time to foster.
Did you know?
Every 20 minutes across the UK a child comes into care in need of a foster family. This means that during Foster Care Fortnight over 1,000 children will require a foster family.
Who are we looking for?
Carly Speechley, Kirklees Council’s Assistant Director of Family Support and Child Protection, said: “Last year we successfully matched over 50 children with long-term foster families, but every year the number of children entering the care system continues to rise locally and nationally.
“There is no one size fits all in fostering and what is right for one foster child might not be right for another. That is why we’d like people from all backgrounds and all walks of life to consider fostering.
“We are always looking for good, caring people who can offer a safe and secure home to a child or young person.
“There are many myths about who can become a foster carer, but what really matters is that someone has the commitment, skills and ability to look after children separated from their own families. We need all types of foster carers for our children in care, but we’re particularly looking for people who could care for older children, sibling groups, or on a long term basis.”
“It is often an emotional and confusing time for children when they come into the care system. These children, through no fault of their own, find themselves uprooted from everything they know and need the stability that only a loving foster family can provide.”
“During Foster Care Fortnight we are urging people to think about the difference they can make to a child’s life. Although it can be challenging, foster caring is also fun, fulfilling and hugely rewarding.”
Could you foster Adam?
We need families to foster across Kirklees, but we are also specifically looking for a family to look after a little boy called Adam.
If you live in and around the Cleckheaton area please consider fostering Adam*, to give him the love and stability he so desperately needs in his life.
Adam is an affectionate, sensitive and talkative 7 year old boy. He likes playing on his Xbox and tablet, riding his bike, playing at the park and watching TV, like most boys his age.
Find out more about foster care
Come along to one of our information events. Enjoy a cuppa and find out what it’s really like to be a foster carer. You can talk to existing foster carers about their experiences, and the rewards fostering brings.
- Tuesday 17 May, 12pm to 3pm at Dewsbury Museum, Crow Nest Park
- Tuesday 24 May, 12pm to 3pm at Tolson Museum, Huddersfield.
If you can’t make it to the events you can talk to one of our friendly fostering team by calling 0800 389 0086.
You can also visit the fostering web pages