Have you ever thought about fostering?

Clare MacLeod

4th June 2019

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Last month, Foster Care fortnight highlighted the dedicated work and commitment of foster carers nationally.

The Fostering Network says,

Despite the trauma experienced by children coming in to care and their difficult start to life, good foster care can help to transform their lives and enable them to flourish. Fostering offers children a safe and caring home and plays a big part in supporting them to maintain links with their birth family.

The Council held a celebration event on 8th May at The Guildhall to thank local foster carers and present awards four outstanding work and long service.

There are just under 200 children in care throughout Bath & North East Somerset; the vast majority placed with foster carers. When foster carers do not have vacancies, children have to be placed further afield; the Council strive to have enough carers for this to be rare.

They are particularly keen to hear from anybody able to think about fostering children ages 10+ and those who would be able to foster siblings, helping them to keep brothers and sisters together.

There are 55,000 foster families in the UK; the Fostering Network estimates a further 7,600 households are needed this year. Could you be the one?

Find out more here.