Dozens of potential new foster carers dropped in to specially arranged events across Wirral over the last two weeks as part of Foster Care Fortnight.
The sessions had been arranged by Wirral’s fostering team and in partnership with current foster carers to offer information and help to those looking providing a home for youngsters who have nowhere else to turn.
Foster Care Fortnight, which concluded on May 26, is the UK’s biggest foster care awareness raising campaign, highlighting the commitment, passion and dedication of foster carers and highlights the urgent need for more foster carers.
Cabinet member for Children, Families and Education, Cllr Tom Usher, said: ‘Foster carers consistently go above and beyond what is expected of them and have a huge impact on the lives of the children they look after.
‘They take in children and teenagers from a range of backgrounds, some with nowhere else to go, and welcome them into their homes as one of their own.
‘It’s not a glamorous job, but it’s just about one of the most important jobs there is and I’d like to extend my gratitude to those foster carers and remind them that their efforts don’t go unnoticed.’
Five drop-in events were held across the borough where potential foster carers were able to speak to experts and those who have had experience fostering – and find out how they can make a crucial difference to the life of a young person.
In Wirral there are 834 children in care, including 406 placed currently with foster carers, and 191 placed with connected carers – those who are related to the child such as an aunt or grandparent – leaving many more in need of care.
If you are interested in fostering and didn’t manage to attend a drop-in session you can find more details at wirralfostering.org