With the annual national Foster Care Fortnight™ (8 to 21 May) well under way, we’d like to reach out to would-be foster carers for senior school-age children, younger sibling groups, disabled youngsters, and parent and child placements.
Although most people know fostering transforms the lives of children in care, many don’t realise just how much joy it brings to the lives of foster carers as well.
An information day, with two presentations and a drop-in, is being held on Thursday 18 May at the Diamond Jubilee Room in Wokingham Town Hall, to showcase the rewarding benefits of being a foster carer and the positive life changes it creates for the children and young people involved.
The first presentation will run from 12.45 to 1.30pm and the second 6.30 to 7.15pm. Alternatively people can drop-in between midday and 7.45pm.
Foster carer, Evelyn, says fostering has transformed her life: “Fostering children and young people has given me greater understanding and insight into the plight of children in care and has made me a more empathic and compassionate person.
“I get enormous satisfaction from seeing the children I look after succeed, knowing I’ve played a considerable part in their lives.”
Fellow foster carer, Sean, agrees: “I enjoy being part of a team of people providing care to children and young people knowing I can get support both from my colleagues as well as others in similar circumstances, ensuring the children we all look after are kept safe and secure."
“Sadly too many children and young people in our care miss out because they have to move away from their friends, family and schools because we don’t have enough foster carers in the Wokingham Borough,” said Nicky Hale, interim service manager.
“People often think they won’t be able to do it, or these adverts don’t apply to them. Well they do, and we need you. Please do get in touch for an informal chat or pop along to our information day.”
Foster carers are as different as the children they look after. They come from all backgrounds, regardless of ethnicity, marital status, religious beliefs, sexual orientation or culture.
What matters most is that you are the right family for the child. As long as you have a spare bedroom and are over 21 with some life experience, you can apply to be a foster carer.
The process to join us can be a lot quicker than you might think, and you could be helping to create a positive future for a child or young person.
If you could make a difference to a local child or young person, please call Jackie or Alison on 0118 974 6204, or email email@example.com. Alternatively, read our fostering page or see our Facebook page.