Superman has Jonathan and Martha Kent while Spiderman has May Parker to help keep his feet on the ground; even superheroes need support, love and guidance.
Sefton Council’s Fostering Service has launched an inner superhero themed recruitment campaign, encouraging local residents to come forward to provide the love and stability for children in care to flourish by encouraging their inner superhero, to be the best they can be.
The campaign will run until mid-May, encompassing outdoor advertising, online and social media.
In Sefton there is a need for 30 carers or families of all backgrounds to provide fostering placements for children of all ages, especially sibling groups and older children.
The campaign message is being strongly supported by local voluntary group Sefton Care Leavers, with local woman and National Inspirational Young Woman of the Year 2014 Joanne Lee as their spokesperson.
Joanne Lee said: “The inner super hero theme really speaks to me as someone who has been fostered. I always felt cared for, loved and valued by my foster carer. They had high aspirations for me and always encouraged me to do more and be better, to never settle for anything less then my best; find my inner super hero.
“I would also encourage people thinking of fostering to flip this theme, maybe they have yet to find their inner super hero and caring for a child could be the key to discovering new things about themselves, becoming better people.”
The Fostering Service recognises that foster care comes with both ‘great power and great responsibility’.
Peter Yates, Fostering Service Manager, said: “We believe that there is an inner superhero in all our children that can drive them to reach their potential. We also know that many children in need of foster care placements have additional needs.
“Supporting these children and young people requires caring, nurturing people who relish a challenge. At Sefton Fostering Service, you are not expected to go it alone, we provide excellent training and support.”
Cllr. Ian Moncur, Cabinet Member for Children, Schools, Families and Leisure commented on the campaign:
“There is a real need in Sefton for carers who will make a big difference to the future development of our children and young people.
“With its clever twist on the role of the superhero as someone vulnerable needing our love and support, this campaign appeals to a true part of all of us who seek out the best for our young people.
“I advise anyone thinking about fostering as a vocation to contact the service and find out more, or better still, drop into one of the service’s regular information sessions to meet carers from Sefton.”
If you or someone you know is thinking of becoming a foster carer or adopting children, contact Sefton Council’s Fostering and Adoption Service on 0800 923 2777 or visit: www.seftonfostering.co.uk
You can also find the service on Facebook and Twitter using #innersuperhero
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