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Foster Care Fortnight: Urgent call for carers

by Gemma Melling

There has never been a better time to find out more about the difference you could make to a child or young person’s life.

Foster Care Fortnight began on Monday, 9 May. It’s an annual campaign to raise awareness of the transformational power foster care can make whilst also celebrating the fostering community.

This year’s theme for Foster Care Fortnight is #FosteringCommunities. Foster care is at the heart of our communities, enabling children to stay with foster families, local to everything they are familiar with already. Foster carers also support each other and share skills and expertise.

In Knowsley there are more than 300 children looked after, and the number of children coming into care keeps rising. More fostering households are needed to make sure every child that cannot live with their own family gets the care they need and are well supported within their community.

Foster carers in Knowsley provide support and care in a family setting and enable children to stay in their local community with everything that is familiar to them. This minimises further disruption to their lives by helping them stay in their school, close to their friends, and maintaining connections with other family members.

This Foster Care Fortnight, Knowsley Council is celebrating the strength and resilience of fostering communities, and all they do to ensure children are cared for and supported to thrive. In Knowsley, there is lots planned over fortnight. The Foster for Knowsley team will be out and about with information about how to become a foster carer, and whether it could be right for you.

If you think you have the relevant skills and experience, we are calling on you to consider becoming foster carers so that you can join our community and become a part of the biggest family in the Knowsley… the fostering family.

You can come and chat to Knowsley’s Fostering Team on the following days:

Fostering Information Drop in at Stockbridge Village Library Tuesday 10 May, 2pm – 4pm

Fostering Information Drop in at Prescot Library Thursday 12 May, 10am – 12noon

Fostering Information Drop in at Huyton Library Monday 16 May, 12noon – 2pm

Fostering Information Drop in at Halewood Library Thursday 19 May, 10am-12noon

Fostering Information Drop in at Kirkby Library Saturday 21 May, 10am – 12noon

You can also find out more from the comfort of your own home and join the team at one of their Information Event Webinars on Wednesday 11 May, 6-7pm and Wednesday 18 May, 6-7pm.

Get in touch by calling 0151 443 3959 or visit https://fostering.knowsley.gov.uk.