An employee of Bolton Council has become the 1,000th person to enquire into fostering through a regional campaign.
Karen Rowe, a youth participation officer, saw an article about opportunities for fostering young people in BOB, the council’s staff magazine, and made her first steps towards making a difference to a child’s life.
Karen said: “I’ve been thinking about fostering for some time but it never seemed the right time. After seeing the article though, I thought I’d bite the bullet and do something about it now.
“There are too many children who need some kind of help and I really hope I can be one of the people who can offer this support to them.”
You Can Foster is a joint campaign by Bolton Council and 22 other local authorities across the north west, which aims to tackle the huge shortage of foster carers in the region and to get more people to come forward and provide loving homes.
The You Can Foster campaign launched in October, with advertisements featuring real foster carers from the region carrying the message: ‘there is no typical foster carer’.
Bolton Council’s Executive Member for Looked After Children and Safeguarding, Councillor Madeline Murray, said: “Many people think they can’t foster because they are single, aren’t homeowners, are too old, or perhaps because they are in same sex relationships. But this simply isn’t the case; there are many people who can foster.
“For the campaign to have had a thousand enquiries so soon is fantastic – but I hope there are still many more to come. The North West has the highest shortage of carers outside London so this is a really important campaign.”
This project is being supported by the North West Improvement and Efficiency Partnership.