Kirklees Council has said an extra-special ‘thank you’ to children who are unsung heroes
The birth children of local foster families have been sent a card, certificate and voucher to thank them for their vital role in helping the vulnerable.
Sons and Daughters campaign
The move is part of the national Sons and Daughters campaign, which highlights the importance of birth children in the fostering process and is a chance to celebrate the wonderful work they do. The vital support and input these young people give to their families’ placements is often overlooked.
It isn’t just adults who foster children – the whole household makes that commitment, with birth children helping to enrich the experience for those in care.
Cllr Viv Kendrick, Cabinet member for Children, said:
“Sons and daughters of foster carers are crucial parts of a fostering family. We want them to know how fantastic they are in giving friendship and care to those who join their household.
“We know sharing their parents and home with other children can be hard at times, but we also hear from foster carers that their sons and daughters benefit hugely themselves. Many even pursue a career in the care sector after seeing life from other perspectives.
“The birth children of foster carers are unsung heroes who deserve to be recognised. They welcome other children into their homes and help to create a safe and loving family environment.”
Jemma grew up in a fostering household and, now an adult, described the role she plays in the family.
“My mum and dad started fostering when I was 10 and my brother was eight. It has certainly not all been plain sailing, but it has definitely changed my life for the better.
“I now have a young family of my own, but I’m still very much an active part of our fostering family. I help out caring for the children my mum and dad are looking after and I get involved with the recruitment of new carers.
“Fostering is very much a family affair and everyone helps each other out in their own little ways. The important thing is to make sure children have the best possible childhoods – sons and daughters included.”
Find out more
Find out more about fostering, or contact us on 0800 389 0086 / firstname.lastname@example.org