Five Northamptonshire youngsters have shared their experiences of foster care in a bid to encourage more people to consider becoming foster carers.
The five, ranging in age from eight to 15 years, have recorded touching interviews giving an insight into how much difference a foster carer can make.
The interviews have been recorded as part of a Northamptonshire County Council’s campaign to recruit more foster carers during Foster Care Fortnight (May 14-27). They can be accessed via the Latest News section of the council’s website.
Councillor Andrew Grant, cabinet member for children, learning and skills, said: “It’s not often that we have the chance to hear the voice of the children at the heart of the fostering issue. These young people have articulated the concerns and hopes of children in care and I’m so grateful that they have given us a glimpse into their lives so we can truly understand the impact a good fostering placement can make. Please listen to them.”
The theme of this year’s Foster Care Fortnight is 22 minutes. This reflects the fact that a child comes into care and needs a foster family every 22 minutes across the UK. In Northamptonshire, a child comes into care every 14 hours.
A series of informal information events is taking place across the county throughout Foster Care Fortnight where people can find out more about fostering:
- 10.30am to 12.30pm, 19th May Weston Favell Library
- 10.30am to 12noon, 21st May at Daventry Library
- 10.30am to 12.30pm, 23 May at Kettering Library
- 2pm to 3.30pm, 23 May at Wellingborough Library
- 10.30am to 12.30pm, 26 May Northamptonshire Central Library
A specially-extended open evening is being held at the council’s John Dryden House offices in Northampton on Wednesday 23 May It is an informal evening, including a barbeque, so anyone interested can come along anytime between 6pm and 9pm and speak to foster carers, social workers and the support services offered to carers.
There are different types of fostering including short-term and permanence. Foster carers are paid an allowance and a further payment which increases as the carers skills increase.
In Northamptonshire there are currently 158 couples and 62 individuals providing foster care.
For more information call the fostering recruitment line on 0300 126 1009 or visit our website www.fosterme.co.uk
Notes to editors
The young people who took part in the recordings will not be available for interview but you are invited to use the audio clips or to link to them from your website/social media presence. The audio can be emailed in an MP3 format on request or accessed on the council's website:
Foster Care Fortnight is a national event organised by The Fostering Network to raise the profile of fostering; the charity estimates that at least 8,750 new foster carers are needed nationally in 2012.