Foster Care Fortnight kick-starts You Can Foster 2012 Campaign
|Published: 16th May 2012 12:46|
Lancashire County Council and 22 other local authorities from the north west are using this year's Foster Care Fortnight (14 - 27 May) to highlight the urgent and growing need to recruit more foster carers.
The first phase of the You Can Foster 2012 activity will launch during Foster Care Fortnight, a time when interest in fostering is traditionally at its peak.
The north west campaign will undertake an extensive advertising programme during the fortnight, featuring advertisements on regional TV and radio, as well as local activity within each individual council's area.
This year's theme is ‘Time to care', highlighting both the need for prospective carers to have the time i! n their lives to nurture a child if they wish to foster and that ‘now is the time to care', inciting a shift in public thinking.
In 2012 alone, fostering services across the UK need to recruit 8,750 new foster families to be able to offer children and young people in care the safe and stable homes they need.
County Councillor Susie Charles, Cabinet Member for Children and Schools, said:
"Foster Care Fortnight is the perfect time for us to thank all our carers, and renew our appeal to the people of Lancashire to think about whether they could foster.
"We had a marvellous response to last year's campaign and have gained some wonderful new foster carers. But sadly this is not a need which goes away, and in April we had 1,345 children and young people who are looked after - about 50 more than the same time last year.
"It's a population that changes from day to day, and our foster carers are always t! here for us, whether it's keeping a baby for a few weeks while a vulne rable mother is helped, looking after a brother and sister who are waiting for adoption, or taking in a teenager who can't live at home.
"We need always need more foster carers, and I hope that the people of Lancashire will stop to think about whether this might be for them."
For more information on fostering for your local authority visit www.youcanfoster.org or telephone 0800 634 7052