Hundreds of fostering families needed in Yorkshire and Humber area

Published: Thursday 7th January 2016 by KCFM

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775 new foster families are needed in Yorkshire and the Humber this year.

If more foster carers aren’t found, many children could be placed with families miles away and be split up from their siblings, or with a carer who doesn’t have the right skills to meet their needs.

James Foyle is from the Fostering Network: “There seems to be more people coming into care, particularly children with brothers and sisters that we urgently need to keep together, children with disabilities, older children so teenagers, children from asylum seeking backgrounds who are coming over with no family at all and need to have a loving, supportive, caring family to support them.

“There are so many children in Yorkshire and the Humber who need a foster carer. The whole point as to why we need so many people is to provide choice. It’s so important to get the right foster carer at the first chance so that children aren’t being moved around in care, and they have the chance to stay and provide those foundations and that stability that all children should have.

“One of the key requirements is a very simple one of having a spare room. So, if any of the listeners have the space and are thinking they’d like a new challenge and would really like to make a difference to a young person in their community, for this year and for years to come, then we’d urge people to come forward.”

Kevin Williams, Chief Executive of The Fostering Network, which published the figures, says: “Foster families in Yorkshire and the Humber perform an invaluable duty on behalf of the state, one that really serves the whole community.

“Their work contributes not only to society now, but in the decades that will come as the young people who live in their care grow into independence and in turn become positive adults who give back to society.

“Foster families give children the opportunity of the childhood that they deserve, a childhood that otherwise they may not have had.

“By recruiting more fostering families, we can provide the wide choice of potential foster family needed so that each child has the best opportunity of being matched with a foster carer who can meet their needs at the first time of asking.

“Prospective foster carers will receive training and support from their fostering service, but before they even start the process they need a range of skills and qualities including patience, the ability to listen, being a team player and advocating on behalf of a child, a sense of humour and much more besides.”



Published: Thursday 7th January 2016 by KCFM

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