Stockport Council supports Foster Care Fortnight 2020

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

Stockport Council supports Foster Care Fortnight 2020

Foster Care Fortnight is the Fostering Network’s annual campaign to raise the profile of fostering and to show how foster carer transforms lives and runs from 11-24 May 2020.

It will raise awareness of the extraordinary dedication and work of foster carers at this time while calling for more people to come forward to foster. The theme will be #thisisfostering.

The fostering service is currently reporting a decrease in the number of enquiries being received during the Coronavirus outbreak and is encouraging people to come forward who can offer a stable and safe home to sibling groups, teenagers, and children with additional needs.

To help highlight the urgent need to recruit more foster carers, during the next two weeks the fostering team will be:

• hosting a virtual information event
• a local foster carer will be sharing their experiences of fostering on local radio
• and live videos shared on social media channels 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 and the incredible work our foster carers are doing day in day out with our children and young people.

The virtual information session will take place as a Live Facebook event on:

Tuesday 12 May at 1pm
Tuesday 19 May at 1pm

Visit Stockport Council Fostering Service facebook page to watch the live video

Councillor Colin Foster, Cabinet Member for Children, Family Services and Education said, “Stockport is delighted to be supporting Foster Care Fortnight which is a fantastic opportunity to highlight and celebrate the work of foster carers and their families as well as recognising how transformational foster care can be for the children and young people.

"I would encourage anyone interested in becoming a foster carer to contact the Council’s fostering team for more information.

“Foster carers accomplish incredible things every day, even in the face of the current global crisis that has affected every one of us. Despite the practical and emotional challenges that the coronavirus is bringing, our foster carers continue to provide day-to-day 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 but who they cannot currently see in person.

“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. Because this happens mainly in the privacy of their own homes – especially at the moment – their contributions too often go unnoticed.”

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