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Ever wanted to know more about fostering?

by Gemma Melling

This autumn, you are being asked to think about the difference you could make as a foster carer for Knowsley.

And now, Knowsley’s Fostering Service has launched a new website to make it easier than ever for you to find out more about what fostering involves, and how you could help change the lives of local children.

The new Foster for Knowsley website includes lots of information for prospective foster carers, including stories from those who are doing the job for real, explaining truthfully what fostering is like for them and how they’ve helped to transform lives.

The website also answers lots of the questions potential foster carers may have before they get in touch with the council’s Fostering Service, who are hoping it will encourage more people to take the first step and get in touch with them.

Knowsley have more than 250 children who are looked after, who need loving, stable family homes.

Peter Murphy, Assistant Executive Director (Children’s Social Care) said:

“The site provides a lot of useful information for anyone who wants to find out more about fostering and we hope it will encourage people to take the first step and get in touch.

 

“Fostering is an incredible thing to do and makes a huge difference to the lives of vulnerable children.

 

“I would urge anyone thinking about fostering to get in touch, whether that’s online, over the phone or at one of our drop-in information events.

 

“We’re always happy to hear from anyone who feels they can offer a safe, caring and stable home to local children and you really would make a difference to a child’s life.”

Many people who enquire about fostering often don’t think they will be suitable, but the truth is if you care, have a spare bedroom and time, then you are.

So, if you are interested in fostering, Knowsley’s Fostering Service will help you with advice and information at every stage and you will receive training to assist you in your new role. You will also receive a generous financial allowance and 24 hour support.

You can get in touch via the website, call 0151 443 3958 or email fostering@knowsley.gov.uk.