We Care – So Can You say Sefton Council

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We Care – So Can You

The message is: ‘we care – so can you,’ as Sefton Council steps up its recruitment campaign during Foster Care Fortnight.

Run by national charity The Fostering Network, Foster Care Fortnight is the UK’s biggest recruitment campaign of foster carers, running from May 13-26.

efton Council is looking for loving foster families for 400 of its most vulnerable children and young people. Throughout the borough there is an acute need for carers of children over the age of 10, and particularly teenagers.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton’s Cabinet Member for Children, Schools Families and Leisure, said: “Foster Care Fortnight focuses attention on the selfless work of our foster carers, as well as on the need to recruit more carers for our children and in particular older children and teenagers in need of the kind of caring home most of us take for granted.

“While Foster Care Fortnight helps to shine a light on the need for more carers and what an enriching and rewarding life choice it is, I know that our fostering and adoption services carry out amazing work all year round to meet the challenge of finding suitable carers for our children and young people.”

Maria Spatuzzi, Sefton’s Fostering Service Manager, said: “We are always in need of people that can offer homes for our vulnerable children but we are currently experiencing particular difficulty in finding families for children aged over 10.

“Negative perceptions of teenagers means they can be viewed as challenging and difficult to care for. We know from our experience that older children need extra support but just want to feel safe, needed and cared for.

“They need an adult who will give them commitment and to whom they can safely attach without fear of further loss.”

“However you hear about our campaign, I hope you take its message on board and visit our website as you start, what we believe, is the most rewarding journey you will make.”

To find out more about fostering in Sefton, visit www.sefton.gov.uk/fostering or call freephone 0800 923 2777.

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