18 May 2011

A song written to highlight the need for more foster carers has been released by Northamptonshire County Council.

‘Fostering the Future’ was written by county council social worker Ben Scott and is being released this week on iTunes to celebrate Foster Care Fortnight (May 16th to 29th).

Foster carers, social workers and the County Training Girls' Choir feature on the track and it’s hoped the release of the song will encourage more people to think about fostering.

The song asks people whether they have room in their heart, home or family for a looked after child and as a county, we can foster hope and a future for these vulnerable children.

The song is available on iTunes. It can be found by searching for the song title Fostering the Future.

The purpose of the song is to spread the word about fostering but if a success, any money raised would be used to buy presents for some of our looked after children.

Cabinet member for children and young people Councillor Andrew Grant said: "We are hoping the song and the publicity surrounding its release will encourage more people to think about fostering.

“Knowing you’ve helped a child at a time when they need it most is extremely rewarding. Fostering changes lives.”

The county council wants to recruit 45 new foster carers. The more foster carers the county council has in Northamptonshire, the more it can place these children closer to school, family and friends.

The county council is currently appealing for people who can foster vulnerable teenagers. As well as people to foster teenagers, there is also a demand for foster carers to look after 6 to 10-year-olds.

Foster carers get an allowance, support from the county council’s dedicated fostering team as well as a full training package.

Find out more at www.fosterme.co.uk or call 0300 126 1009.