This Foster Care Fortnight, Bolton Council’s fostering service is putting local residents centre stage to raise awareness of the need to recruit more foster carers.
With record numbers of children coming into care, and the need to recruit many more foster carers in Bolton, the council’s fostering service is asking local residents to consider becoming a foster carer.
A shortage of foster carers means some children have to live too far from family and friends, change school and be split up from brothers and sisters. More foster families would mean more children could live with the right foster carer, first time, and not be moved around the care system.
For the vast majority of children in Bolton, a foster home can provide the stability and support needed to secure a better future. There is a particular need for foster carers to look after teenagers, and children with a disability.
During Foster Care Fortnight (May 13-26), run by leading children’s charity the Fostering Network, Bolton Council’s fostering service will be looking to attract people who are interested in fostering for their local authority, especially people wanting to care for teenagers who need a safe, secure family to live with.
Councillor Madeline Murray, Bolton Council’s Cabinet Member for Looked After Children said: “We welcome the Foster Care Fortnight campaign which encourages more people to offer a child a new home. It can be a very rewarding experience for both foster carers and children as providing a loving home to child in need can make a real difference to their lives. There is a shortage of foster carers in Bolton and I urge anyone considering fostering to pick up the phone and find out more information.”
Robert Tapsfield, chief executive of the Fostering Network, said: “Each year around 13 per cent of foster carers retire or leave the profession. This is resulting in an annual need to recruit more foster carers to ensure that the children of Bolton have the loving, safe and supportive home they deserve.”
Lorraine Pascale, celebrity baker and former fostered child, said: "I'm putting myself in the frame during the Fostering Network's Foster Care Fortnight because I want people to know that great foster carers helped me when I needed someone to be there for me the most.
"Growing up in and around the care system isn't easy. So if you think you can be there for some of the UK's most vulnerable children then go on, I urge you, put yourself in the frame today and consider being a foster carer."
To find out more about fostering in Bolton, please call 0800 1071564, or visit the Fostering page on Bolton Council’s website.