Foster Care Fortnight™ is the UK’s biggest foster care awareness raising campaign, delivered by leading fostering charity, The Fostering Network. Established in 1997, the campaign showcases the commitment, passion and dedication of foster carers. It also supports fostering services to highlight the need for more foster carers. Thousands of new foster families are needed every year to care for children, with the greatest need being for foster carers for older children, sibling groups, disabled children and unaccompanied asylum seeking children.
The theme of this year’s foster care fortnight is ‘Why we care’. Walsall Council will celebrate its’ fostering families’ valued commitment to the children of Walsall. Their real life stories and the impact they have, will be shared across our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and website pages.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought many challenges and has significantly affected fostering. Walsall foster carers and Walsall Fostering Service teams have come together to support and care for each other and our looked after children. Our foster carers have shown incredible strength and support, which is highly valued and vital to our looked after children.
Mark Burrows, Walsall Fostering Service Group Manager said:
“Foster Care Fortnight is not just about recruiting foster carers, most importantly it’s about recognising and celebrating the wonderful care and commitment that the thousands of foster carers provide to children and young people across the UK.
“We urgently need 234 foster carers for our children in Walsall. Be part of something special and change a life, be part of #whywecare.
Walsall Council’s Fostering Team and experienced foster carers will run online information sessions during Foster Care Fortnight. These are free, relaxed and informal sessions where fostering information will be shared and prospective foster parents can ask questions in a safe and supportive space.
Colleen Male Director Children's Social Work said:
“These informal sessions offer an opportunity for us to dispel some myths around who can and can’t be a foster carer. Although there are of course some statutory checks and assessments, what we want for our children is patience, warmth and understanding, along with a safe space in which to thrive. Foster carers make a huge difference to the lives of our children in care. If you think you can make that difference then please attend an information session”
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Dates and times of online information sessions 2021
Tuesday 11 May 6-7pm
Thursday 13 May 6-7pm
Tuesday 18 May 6-7pm
Thursday 20 May 6-7pm
Visit: https://go.walsall.gov.uk/fosteringwalsall/Events to book an online information session
For more information about becoming a foster carer for Walsall Council, call 0800 923 3706
Visit https://go.walsall.gov.uk/fostering-services to find out more.