Bolton Council is appealing for new foster carers to provide loving homes for local children and make 2013 a life-changing year for them.
Bolton Council has joined together with 22 other councils across the North West to promote the ‘You Can Foster’ campaign, which encourages people from all walks of life to consider how they could make a real difference to the life of a child.
A series of television adverts, featuring real carers from across the North West starts on ITV1 this week with the target of exceeding the 1,500 enquiries achieved in 2012.
The campaign, which has recruited almost 200 new carers, and attracted over 4,500 enquiries since its inception in 2010, aims to dispel the many myths about fostering.
Foster carers are urgently needed to support, help and provide a loving home to children in Bolton, particularly teenagers, those with disabilities and brothers and sisters that need to be homed together.
Applications are welcomed from those who are single, in a relationship, married or divorced; from applicants who work full-time or don’t work at all for example, and regardless of gender or sexual orientation.
All applicants are assessed on their own merits, and the type of care they could offer a child is the most important thing.
Cllr Madeline Murray, Bolton Council’s Cabinet Member for Looked After Children said: “There are many children in Bolton who are desperate to find a loving foster home and family and the New Year is the perfect time for people to consider fostering.
“Fostering can be truly rewarding as foster carers can make a real difference to local children’s lives and there are many other benefits such as training, support and generous financial allowances.”
“Foster carers come from ‘all walks of life’ including single people and those in same sex partnerships. So, if you would like to foster, and even if you don’t think you are eligible, please just call to find out more information.”
If you would like to know more about fostering for Bolton call 0800 1071564. Alternatively, visit www.youcanfoster.org or telephone 0800 6347052