Foster Care Fortnight is here!
The fortnight is the UK’s biggest foster care awareness raising campaign, delivered by leading fostering charity, The Fostering Network. The campaign centres around showcasing the commitment, passion and dedication of Foster Carers, as well as raising awareness of the need for more Foster Carers.
This year's theme is #FosteringCommunities to celebrate the strength and resilience of fostering communities and all they do to ensure children are cared for and supported to thrive.
Below are four steps to help start your fostering journey and take that next step to changing a child’s life, and maybe even your own:
1. Facts at your fingertips
Many people consider fostering but aren’t sure if they would be accepted. There is no such thing as a typical foster carer. Our carers come from all sorts of different backgrounds - with one thing in common; they care about the children they help. Read our myths around fostering and stop ruling yourself out.
2. Hear what our foster carers have to say
Don’t take our word for it, take a look at our foster carers stories and find out why some of our carers decided to get into fostering and hear from them what it's really like. Visit our dedicated fostering stories webpage.
3. Find out more about our support networks
Don’t worry, you are not alone during your fostering journey.
When you foster with the local authority you join a team and will always have the support of our fostering team and our network of foster carers. We are there to support you 24/7.
Fostering for Wirral means looking after local children and working with a local service with direct access to a range of local professionals.
Foster carers receive a range of ongoing support and training, as well as financial support. Find out more on our fostering support page.
4. Get in touch
We need to recruit more foster carers for children than ever before and if you've read this far you could be the person they need.
The best way to find out more, whether it’s the very first time you’ve thought about it or the hundredth, is to speak to our friendly fostering team. They are there to answer any questions you may have.
So, if you or someone you know has room in their home and heart to foster, you can enquire for more information below.
Join the conversation
If you are already a foster carer use #FCF22 and #FosteringCommunities on social media to join in with the campaign, share your stories and experiences of how the fostering community has supported you, or what fostering means to you and your community. To find out more about Foster Care Fortnight visit The Fostering Network website.
Thinking of fostering but not sure where to begin? Join Chris from our fostering team on Wednesday 18 May at 2pm where he'll be answering all your queries via our Instagram stories. @wirralcouncil on Instagram.