Lancashire County Council is always encouraging people to consider fostering or adoption, but this month there’s an added focus on finding people with the launch of a new summer campaign.
Running from Monday 23 July until Monday 27 August, the theme of the campaign is permanence, and will highlight the commitment of those who have successfully kept children on a long-term basis, including into adulthood.
County Councillor Susie Charles, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Schools, said: “We need people to provide stable and loving homes for children and young people who cannot live with their own families, both on a temporary and permanent basis.
“We always need more foster carers and adoptive parents from all walks of life, and I want to remind people that we welcome applications from people of all ages, single, married, cohabiting, in same-sex relationships, with or without their own children, working or not.
“What the children and young people need most of all is to be with people who have a caring nature, who enjoy being with children and have a determination to see it through. Our children need people to stand by them.
“To be considered as foster carers or adoptive parents, people need to be over 21, and living in or close to Lancashire.”
The county council recognises that adoptive families require support at different times and even when the adoption has taken place and provides a range of support services and advice.
A package of support is available 24/7 to help foster carers in their role, including local support groups, their own social worker, a helpline and flexible training.
Out of hours support for foster carers is available via a dedicated helpline staffed by experienced social workers. Training is flexible including during school hours, evenings and weekends and online training, and can be tailored to the needs of any child.
To find out more about fostering or adoption, please get in touch on 0300 123 6723.