Did you know there is an urgent need for 6,800 new foster families in England? The West Midlands alone are looking for 890 new foster families. One of them could be you!

It’s Foster Care Fortnight from 13th-26th May. A fortnight set up by The Fostering Network to show how foster care can change lives. It’s also the largest recruitment drive for new carers. Foster care families are urgently needed more than ever before. The amount of children needing care is growing, yet the amount of foster carers available is shrinking.

Becoming a foster carer offers the remarkable opportunity to provide a safe and caring family environment for a child or young person, potentially for the first time. Your home could be their first real experience of stability and care.

Of course, becoming a foster carer is a big decision and can be challenging. However, you’ll be safe in the knowledge that you’ll have a huge impact on the life of a child or young person, possibly determining their entire future.

Foster carers come from all walks of life. Unfortunately, there are a lot of myths surrounding this. Age, religion, sexuality and marital status simply don’t come into it; the main requirement is simply having the ability to provide a loving and secure home.

Sadly, without more foster families coming forward some children will find themselves living a long way from their family, school and friends, being split up from brothers and sisters, or being placed with a foster carer who may not have the skills and experience to meet their needs. This can be incredibly impactful on a child or young person’s life. Placing a child is incredibly important. With more foster families, agencies and local councils will be able to place children with the right family, ensuring minimum disruption.

All young people deserve a safe, caring and secure home in order to grow and thrive. They are incredibly resilient and so, with the care of foster parents are able to succeed and go on to achieve incredible things. By becoming a foster carer you are opening up your family, home and life to a young person or child, in turn, this could change theirs. Offering a room and care, offers them a chance.

The foster care system is in urgent need of families to offer support, care and a space to a large number of young people and children in need of love and assistance.

Capstone Foster Care, located in Kings Norton, host training, support groups, and events where foster carers talk about their individual journeys. If you feel that you are able to provide care and support don’t hesitate to contact their friendly and helpful team.

 Contact Capstone on 0800 012 4004 or alternatively visit their website, here.

If you would like to help raise the profile of Foster Care Fortnight you can use the hashtag #ChangeAFuture on social media.

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