150 days to find 150 carers 

15/02/11

Bolton Council is supporting a campaign to find 150 foster carers in the next 150 days.

The You Can Foster campaign, run by the council and 22 other local authorities across the North West, is looking for the new carers to give children and young people a safe and secure home.

The North West has the largest shortage of foster carers in the UK outside of London, and the campaign hopes to address this and find more homes for the children who need them.

You Can Foster features real local authority carers in the campaign, with advertisements showing that there is no typical foster carer.

As one of the authorities involved, Bolton Council, who currently have 135 foster carers, is hoping that people will come forward to be one of the 150 new foster carers.

Bolton Council’s Executive Member for Looked After Children and Safeguarding, Councillor Madeline Murray, said: “There are people in Bolton who could make a huge difference to the life of a child or young person; who have the time and space needed, so we want them to come forward now. Choosing to foster can be a really rewarding experience for all involved.”

Chris Williams, Chair of the North West Fostering Leads groups, added: “150 people from across the region is not really a big number, so we’re confident this is achievable.”

To be one of the 150 people that will make a difference to children in the North West visit the campaign website via the link on the right hand side.

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