Local ex-foster carer rejoins the council’s fostering service during the Covid-19 pandemic

As the council is in need of more foster carers during the coronavirus pandemic, one foster carer, decided to get in touch to see if he and his family could help our local children

Local ex-foster carer rejoins the council’s fostering service during the Covid-19 pandemic

Steve, who previously fostered with Stockport Council, is now fostering two brothers and reflects on why he and his partner chose to become foster carers again.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has brought chaos to everyone’s lives and it was really important for us to try and do something to help those most vulnerable.

"The best way we thought we could help as a family was to see if it was possible for us to rejoin the foster carer team and offer a home to children during this unsettling time.

"I’m delighted we were able to do that, quickly and simply thanks to the temporary amendments to The Adoption and Children’s (Coronavirus) (Amendments) Regulations 2020, brought in due to the COVID-19 pandemic on 24th April 2020.

"There has never been a more important time to consider doing the same. Many current carers in Stockport are older and have had to self isolate which means there is a shortage of homes in which to place children safely.

"I’d urge any previously approved foster carer to consider doing what we have done. We believe it’s the right thing to do and are proud to have offered our help.

"Making a difference in a child’s life by giving them a safe, secure and loving environment in which to thrive, is the best gift we can give during the outbreak.

"Stepping up to the plate is something we didn’t hesitate to do and we are delighted to rejoin the superb team of Stockport Council’s foster carers”.

Steve is supporting the council’s drive to recruit more foster carers in Stockport during Foster Carer Fortnight.

The annual fostering campaign, run by the Fostering Network recognises the recognises the transformational value of good foster care on a child’s life and is encouraging ex-foster carers or people with experience of working with children to come forward to offer fostering placements to our local children, especially siblings and older children.

The council’s recruitment team are actively working to recruit foster carers, they are working remotely but are still supporting people through the fostering approval assessment process and offering virtual homes visits, online training and regular assessment visits.

Anyone interested can contact the fostering team on 0161 474 3400 or email familyplacement@stockport.gov.uk or visit our Fostering pages.