Would you be #proudtofoster?
11 May 2018
Our foster carers are definitely proud to foster – and are spreading the message to encourage other people to come forward and apply.
National Foster Care Fortnight starts on Monday (14 May) and runs until 27 May.
This year’s theme is #proudtofoster, getting foster carers to share their experiences.
They include mum-of-two Sharon, from Flitwick, who has been fostering with Central Bedfordshire Council for the past three years
She said: “I chose Central Bedfordshire Council to foster with because I wanted to make a positive impact within the community I live.
“For us as a family we wanted to make a positive long-term change in a child’s life and for them to become part of a family.
“It has been amazing experiencing the world fresh from the eyes of a child who had no idea there was a world out there to explore.
“Central Bedfordshire Fostering team have given us as a family amazing support and I would highly recommend them for your journey into fostering.
“During support groups you get to meet other foster carers who really understand and help you not only through the difficult times but celebrate with you the achievements our children make.
“If you are thinking of applying to foster just go for it and see where your journey leads you.
“Myself and my daughters have loved making a difference to a child’s life and intend to continue to do that for many years to come. Start your journey now.”
In Central Bedfordshire there is a particular need for people who can foster siblings, older children, children with challenging behaviours and unaccompanied young asylum seekers. There is also a need for respite foster carers which is perfect for those who cannot commit full time to fostering.
Fostering is open to people of all backgrounds, whether single, married, LGBT, in a long-term relationship or civil partnership. You do not have to own your own home, and the main requirements are having a spare bedroom and being able to offer youngsters who have entered the care system the time, space and support to develop and enjoy a childhood they may otherwise have not been able to experience.
Councillor Steven Dixon, Executive Member for Families, Education and Children, said: “Our foster carers do a tremendous job and we are very proud of them as they provide exemplary care to some of our most vulnerable children.
“Often prospective foster carers find it daunting making that first step to foster, but once they make that first call and realise the support they receive throughout the whole fostering process and see the difference that they truly do make, they realise what a fantastic thing they are doing.
“So, if you have ever thought about fostering, I would encourage you to contact our Fostering team today.”
You can also call the team on 0300 300 8181 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.