720 new foster families needed across Yorkshire and the Humber

Published: Monday 1st June 2015 by KCFM

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This Foster Care Fortnight, there are calls to find more people eager to foster.

Around 5,000 children and young people are currently living with foster families in the region, but there’s a real need for more people to offer their homes for siblings, teenagers and disabled children.

17 year old Nathan is fostered through Hull City Council.

He says it’s like having a second family:

“It’s helped out a lot having the family backing. The support. Having people to turn to all the time. As the years pass. You feel more of a family with each day that passes. It’s good knowing that there’s people out there for you.”

Nathan says the initial meeting is scary for both parties:

“It is a bit nerve-wracking because you don’t know what to expect. As you’re in your social workers car, going to the house, it’s looking at every house thinking ‘Which one is it?’ When I first got to Sarah’s, I didn’t expect a big family. I stayed for tea and then my social worker questioned me, ‘Do you like it? Would you fit in?’ I think it was a week later that I moved in.”

He’s now receiving the support he needs for a better future:

“I struggled at school, but having the foster family and social workers there has helped me a lot because they’ve put the support that I’ve needed in place to help me do certain things; like pass my exams, get on a college course and now, in a couple of months time, an apprenticeship. So there is a lot of people there to help.

“My foster family’s not there to replace my birth family, they’re there as a second family to help me; and also to get me to where I need to be in life, for me to get the success I need to gain a job and later on have my own family.”

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Published: Monday 1st June 2015 by KCFM

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