Every 22 minutes across the UK a child comes into the care of a local authority and needs a foster home. A shocking statistic, which means we’ll need an extra 8,750 foster carers in 2012 alone.
That’s why we recently stepped up the drive to recruit foster carers in Tameside.
You may have seen our foster care team out and about talking to people about fostering, and the need to recruit more carers for Tameside.
It’s more important than ever that we find these extra foster carers for Tameside, so we can make sure our children get placed with the right family first time.
The sad, stark reality is that without these extra foster families in Tameside, our vulnerable children could end up living a long way from their family, friends and school. They could be repeatedly moved around as fostering relationships break down, or even end up in residential care despite fostering having been identified as their best option.
Take some inspiration from Veronica Warrington. She’s been fostering with Tameside for over 12 years and has seen many children pass through her door in need of a loving home.
Veronica finds a way to give these upset and confused children, who have just been taken away from their family, a sense of belonging and often their first experience of a ‘normal’ family home. She understands the challenges that being a foster carer can bring but it doesn’t faze her. She knows that with every challenge comes its reward.
She told me that just seeing the children mature and develop in front of her eyes, gaining confidence and self-belief is more than enough for her to keep on fostering.
So if you think you can foster, the advice is, you probably can. We need people from all walks of life to help children of all ages, from very young babies to teenagers.
I’ve got the upmost admiration for people who choose to foster care, it can be a fantastic and challenging career. So please, if you’re thinking about fostering have a look at www.tameside.gov.uk/fostering, you can also read more inspirational stories like Veronica’s on www.youcanfoster.org or ring 0800 634 7052 to speak to someone about fostering in Tameside