The number of people enquiring about becoming a foster carer in Stoke-on-Trent has doubled following a dedicated two-week campaign.
Throughout Foster Care Fortnight, which took place earlier this month, foster carers shared their inspirational stories to help spread the word about how their work changes the lives of our city’s young people. Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s fostering team, foster carers and their families also took on the challenge to walk 860 miles – one for every child in care in the city. Alongside this the city council’s fostering team held a series of drop-in events to help increase awareness. The activities have seen twice the number of people register their details with the fostering service than during foster care fortnight last year.
Councillor Dave Evans, cabinet member for children and young people said: “I’m delighted that more people are coming forward and registering their interest in becoming a foster carer and I’d like to thank those who have already enquired. There was a great response to our campaign to make this hugely rewarding career role more visible, but the work very much carries on. We are committed to supporting vulnerable children and we want to ensure that we give all our cared for children and young people the best possible start.
“We’re looking for foster carers from all walks of life. By being out in the city during Foster Care Fortnight the team have been able to speak to residents about the fantastic work that our foster carers do and help to try to clear up some of the myths that surround the role. There really is no typical foster carer, anyone can come forward and make a difference to a child’s life. You can be any age, any gender, be married, single or divorced, be from any religious or cultural background and of any sexual orientation, you can own your own home or rent. If you are over 21, have a spare bedroom and have energy, patience and understanding we would love to hear from you.”
The city council’s friendly fostering team will be at events in the city throughout June, including Eid prayers taking place in Hanley Park on 4 June, Stoke Pride in Hanley Park on 15 June and Armed Forces Day in Queens Park, Longton on 30 June. The team also holds a monthly information event on the first Monday of the month, with the next session being held on Monday, 3 June at Hanley Fire Station, Lower Bethesda Street, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 3RP. You can find out more by, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01782 234555.
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