Bolton has a host of kind-hearted people ready to foster children, but with Foster Care Fortnight beginning today, there is always room for more.
Foster Care Fortnight is an annual campaign to encourage people to consider fostering and explain the skills that a modern carer needs to fulfil their role. During the next two weeks Bolton Council is urging anyone who has previously considered fostering to get in touch.
Caring for a child or children who are not your own provides rich rewards for those who do it. Fostering can involve caring for children for a very short time, such as an overnight stay, to a few days or months or sometimes many years until they grow up.
Fostering provides help and support for children from birth to 18 years, either as single children, or as groups of brothers and sisters who need to stay together. Those needing homes range from children with physical and learning disabilities to teenage mothers and their babies.
Deciding to be become a foster carer for Bolton can make all the difference to child’s life, as well as allowing Bolton children to stay in their home town, so they stay in a familiar environment.
Bolton carers come from a diverse range of backgrounds. They can be young or old, married or single, employed or unemployed. What is important is that they have the emotional and physical space to care for a child.
The council encourages its carers to enjoy fostering and provide a wide range of financial, training and support packages.
A specialist social worker supports foster families and provides regular feedback, supervision and guidance. While fostering focuses on the needs of the child, the council also works with carers to ensure both they and their family receive the support they require.
Councillor Madeline Murray, Executive Member for Looked After Children at Bolton Council, said: “Fostering is challenging, demanding and rewarding all at once.
“During the next fortnight, we will be encouraging people to consider whether they can make a commitment to help the borough’s young people who need it most, and I hope that many people put themselves forward.”