Stockport Council is supporting Foster Care Fortnight in a bid to recruit more foster carers in the borough

Stockport Town Hall will be lit up in green over the two weeks to support the campaign

Stockport Council is supporting Foster Care Fortnight in a bid to recruit more foster carers in the borough

Foster Care Fortnight is the Fostering Network’s annual campaign to raise the profile of fostering and to show how foster care transforms lives and runs from May 10 to 23, 2021.

The campaign will raise awareness of the extraordinary dedication and work of foster carers while calling for more people to come forward to foster who can offer a stable and safe home to sibling groups and older children.

The theme of #WhyWeCare allows The Fostering Network and fostering services to recognise the contribution of the whole of the fostering community following the most challenging year of our lifetimes.

Stockport Town Hall will be lit up in green over the two weeks to support the campaign. 

During the two weeks the fostering team will be:

  • Hosting virtual information events
  • A local foster carer will be sharing their experiences of fostering on local radio
  • Live videos shared on social media channels to showcases the incredible commitment, passion and dedication of our foster families and the whole of the fostering community following the most challenging year of our lifetimes and why they chose to care and change the future of our local children and young people.

#The virtual information session will take place on zoom on:  

  • Thursday 13 May at 1pm
  • Wednesday 19 May at 6pm

Chris McLoughlin, Director of Children’s Services, said “Stockport is delighted to be supporting Foster Care Fortnight which is a fantastic opportunity to highlight and celebrate the caring work of our foster carers and their families.

"Foster carers accomplish incredible things every day, and despite the practical and emotional challenges of the pandemic our foster carers continue to provide day-to-day care, support, love and stability to children and young people who can’t live with their birth families.

"They support our children and young people’s education, health, and social wellbeing, and help to maintain the children’s relationship with the people who are important to them.

"We are passionate about the difference that foster care makes to the lives of fostered children and young people in Stockport.  Foster care transforms the lives of children and young people as well as those of the foster carers and their families. This has never been more important.

"Foster carers help children, and young people to flourish and fulfil their potential, as well as providing a vital service to our society and I would encourage anyone interested in becoming a foster carer to contact the Council’s fostering team for more information.”

People can contact the Council’s Fostering team on 0161 474 3400 or visit Stockport Fostering for more information.