Fostering In The North West: 1,300 Foster Families Needed In 2016
Wouldn’t you like to change the life of a child? According to The Fostering Network, an extra 1,300 foster families are needed in the North West to help provide some of society’s most vulnerable and susceptible young people with a warm, safe and secure environment.
It’s within such loving and caring environments where the real magic of fostering happens. We see fantastic and highly trained foster families giving up their time to support and encourage the development of previously shy and hesitant young people. As a result of such care, foster children quickly flourish in terms of independence, confidence and self-assurance.
The UK’s leading fostering charity also highlighted the ‘urgent and ongoing need to attract more foster carers in the North West that are willing to provide homes for teenagers, disabled children, asylum seeking children and sibling groups’.
Much like society in the UK, the fostering landscape is extremely diverse too. It’s certainly part of the reason why at Perpetual Fostering we welcome and support all applications to become a foster carer, regardless of a person’s background, religion or sexual orientation.
For example, the children’s charity, Barnardo’s, recently wanted to raise awareness of Asian families who were interested in fostering in Manchester. An article in the Manchester Evening News claimed that only 4% of the city’s foster carers were from an Asian background, although 14% of people in Manchester are Asian.
Ultimately, the whole fostering community is very welcoming of anybody willing to help make a difference to a young person’s life.
Kevin Williams, The Fostering Network’s chief executive, took time out to praise the tireless work being performed by foster families up and down the land by claiming ‘fostering families perform an invaluable duty, one that really serves the whole community’.
He continued by suggesting, ‘their work not only contributes to today’s society, but in decades to come, as children in the care of foster families become positive adults and give back to society’.
This is certainly a view that we echo here at Perpetual Fostering, and is also part of the reason why we’ll always do our utmost provide our community of foster carers here in the North West and West Midlands with all the advice, care and training they require.
It doesn’t even matter whether you’re fostering for the first time or you’ve had decades of experience, we’re here for you 24/7.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re based in Lancashire, Merseyside, Manchester or Cheshire, if you think you have what it takes to become a foster carer, please don’t hesitate in contacting one of our experienced social workers today for more information.