Foster Care Fortnight: part of 365-day-a-year pledge for families
FOSTER Care Fortnight launched in Bristol on May 14 with an information and advice event at Bishopston Library, the first of a ten-stop city tour taking in Southmead and Shirehampton for the council’s fostering team.
The Foster Care Fortnight Roadshow is a series of free drop in events aiming to recruit foster carers and give prospective carers the chance to quiz the fostering team and a current foster carer.
Almost 700 children are in care in Bristol and Bristol City Council are keen to encourage people from all walks of life to step forward and become carers.
Councillor Helen Godwin, Cabinet Member for Women, Children and Families, said: “The wellbeing and development of children in care is a major priority for the council and we have a 365 day a year focus on encouraging people to step forward to become carers. What foster carers provide for some of the most vulnerable children and young people in society is immeasurable. I’ve seen first-hand the positive impact a safe and loving home can have on a young person who has not had the best start in life.
“Our experienced and knowledgeable team can answer your questions, give advice and share the stories that show just how important the role is. I would encourage people to get in touch and find out more about beginning their own rewarding journey to making a major and positive difference to a child in care’s life.”