“Could someone like you help someone like me?” That’s the question being asked of Northamptonshire residents as Northamptonshire County Council launches an urgent appeal for foster carers for children over the age of 10.
A new countywide campaign aims to help bring stability into the lives of older children by urging local individuals or families to foster over 10s.
Councillor Andrew Grant, cabinet member for children, learning and skills, said: ”Finding foster families for older children is now our top priority as we have an urgent need for at least 20 foster carers to give local children aged between ten and 18 the supportive homes they need to help them through a period of disruption in their life’s journey.
“These children are at a crucial stage in their lives and just like younger children they need care and support to help them negotiate through a challenging period.
“Fostering older children and teenagers has quite specific benefits for people who prefer not to have the physical dependencies of a baby or toddler and who’d enjoy interaction with a young person.
“By giving these children a home in your family and helping them make important decision in their life you’ll be making a huge difference to their future and in return, you’ll have a hugely rewarding career.”
Poster distribution, radio and bus advertising, leaflets and social media networking will be among the methods used by the council to spread the message across the county. The campaign will go live on Monday 7 November and run for two weeks.
Finding foster carers for older children is a challenging task common to local authorities across the country. There are currently 511 children and young people in foster care in Northamptonshire and more than half of them, 276, are over the age of 10.
Foster carers receive an allowance to cover caring for a child and are paid. They receive support from the county council’s dedicated fostering team as well as a full training package.
People can find out more about fostering at the following information events where people can simply turn up with no advance booking required
- Wednesday November 9th 7pm to 9pm
John Dryden House, The Lakes, Bedford Road, Northampton, NN4 7YD
- Monday November 14th 10am to 1pm
Tesco Extra Mereway, Clannell Road, Northampton NN4 0JF
- Wednesday November 16th 10am to 2pm
Wellingborough Swansgate Shopping Centre (outside New Look)
Anyone who would like to find out more can contact the council’s fostering team on 0300 126 1009 or go to www.fosterme.co.uk