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Home is where the heart is

Home has never been more important and Wirral fostering service are looking for more foster carers to provide a safe and loving environment for children with the launch of the ‘home is where the heart is’ campaign.

In Wirral there are currently 821 children and young people all in need of carers to provide a safe, stable, and loving home. The council’s campaign aims to reach potential and much needed foster carers by highlighting how a stable and loving home environment can make a vital and positive difference for a child or young person’s future. Foster Carer Kelle Galloway who is supporting the campaign said:

“During this time of uncertainty, the one place where we have felt safe is home.  Home to me means love and security, it’s warmth and reassurance.

“Sadly, there are children with no security or feeling unloved and unwanted through no fault of their own. These children have the right to a stable and loving childhood and home, without people stepping forward to take on the role as a foster carer, they are not getting the chance of this.”

The council’s new campaign aims to reach potential and much needed foster carers by highlighting how a stable and loving home environment can make a vital and positive difference for a child or young person’s future. The campaign will also challenge common fostering misconceptions, provide details on what to expect from fostering and share the stories from Wirral’s very own current foster carers. 

Foster carers Jamie and Kevin started their fostering Journey during the first COVID lockdown in March. Speaking of their experience they said:

“We began fostering just after the first UK Covid lockdown started. As new foster carers, it was a pretty daunting time to start. However, being together with the children 24/7, actually helped to build a relationship and rapport early on. The time spent together helped us to get to know them and their needs quickly which enabled us to support them more readily. As a result, it has reinforced the importance of spending time together as a family.”  

There are children and young people of all ages in need of a safe and loving home environment to support them. Fostering is a life changing experience but one that is truly rewarding. Wirral’s fostering service will provide all the training and support needed to carers who can provide a home for a child to flourish in.

Jamie and Kevin added: “There is a very positive network of social workers and other foster carers, willing to help, advise or even just listen. We’ve been on some great training, covering lots of useful subjects, that have helped and continue to help us on our foster caring journey. Of course, there are challenges (although some of these can be quite fun), but there are loads of opportunities too. So, if you’re considering it, do it, and make a difference in a young person’s life.”

Kelle also shared this bit of advice:

“I’d say to anyone considering foster, ask questions. Speak to people who already do this day to day, get as much information as you can to make a decision that’s right for you and your family.   “Ask yourself what if it was me, what would I hope for as a child needing a home. If you’re considering this then you’re halfway there and it shows you have the heart to give a loving home.”

It’s a life changing experience but one that is truly rewarding. You will be provided with all the training and support, if you could provide the loving home. So, whether it’s the very first time you’ve thought about it or the hundredth, there are lots of young people in Wirral looking for loving carers just like you.

We need to recruit more foster carers than ever before. If you or someone you know has room in their home and heart to foster, you can enquire for more information online: www.wirralfostering.org