Stockport Council supports Foster Care Fortnight 2019

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

Stockport Council supports Foster Care Fortnight 2019

Currently, in Stockport there is a demand for carers who can offer a loving home to teenagers, sibling groups and children with additional needs

The annual campaign, run by the Fostering Network, starts on Monday 13 to Sunday 26 May 2019. This year’s theme is “Fostering changes lives”.

During the two weeks, a range of drop in sessions and fostering adverts will be aired on local radio ImagineFM and social media to show how fostering can change futures – the futures of foster children and young people and the futures of the foster families who care for them.

On Friday 17 May our fostering bus will be parked at the Peel Centre in Stockport between 1pm-5pm and local shoppers will be encouraged to come on board and speak to local foster carers about fostering and what is involved in becoming a foster carer and what inspired them to foster. One local foster carer is offering free face painting for anyone who visits the bus.

On Sunday 19 May, local foster carers and the fostering team will be participating in the Great Manchester Run to help show their support for fostering.

The Council’s fostering team and local foster carers will also be holding drop in fostering sessions at the following locations:

• Friday 17 May – Costa Coffee, Stockport Peel Centre, 11am to 2pm
• Thursday 23 May - Costa Coffee, Marple, 11am to 2pm

Chris McLoughlin, Director of Children’s Services said: “We are passionate about the difference that foster care makes to the lives of fostered children and young people in Stockport, and Foster Care Fortnight is an excellent opportunity to showcase that difference. But foster care doesn't just transform the lives of the young people who are fostered, it also has the power to change the lives of foster carers, their families and all those who are involved in fostering.”

“Stockport is delighted to be supporting Foster Care Fortnight which is a good opportunity to raise awareness of fostering and I would encourage anyone interested in becoming a foster carer to contact the Council’s fostering team for more information.”

The Council holds monthly open evenings at Stockport Town Hall for people interested in the different types of fostering schemes. The next open evening is taking place on Tuesday 4 June at Stockport Town Hall, starting at 6pm.

People can also contact the Council’s Fostering team on 0161 474 3400 or visit the website www.stockport.gov.uk/fostering.