A new campaign has been launched this week to encourage more local Lancashire residents to consider fostering siblings.
Lancashire County Council has launched the appeal due to an increase of brother and sister groups across the region needing loving families to provide a stable environment which will allow the children to stay together.
One such sibling group are Harry, Kai and their little sister Scarlet who are currently living in emergency foster care.
They have been placed away from home due to their parents’ drug use, physical and domestic abuse, and inability to provide a safe home environment. There were sadly no foster carers able to take all three siblings meaning they are currently in separate homes. The children have a close bond which is evident when they meet each other, and it is in their best interests to stay together, especially after the upheaval that they have already faced.
Being able to keep their ties with each other will help them to be able to thrive in the future.
‘There are many families and individuals considering taking the first step into fostering’, said CC Cosima Towneley, Cabinet Member for Children & Family Services.
‘We want to encourage and help them take these first steps as the benefits for both families, individuals and the child or children involved are immense’. Cllr. Towneley continued, ‘We are always looking to grow our Foster Family community especially where a sibling group can be kept together in a long-term home. The difficulties experienced by these children in their early years make the maintaining of the sibling bond alongside long term stability of prime importance. We want anyone considering taking the plunge to contact our Fostering Team who will be able to guide them through the process’.
The county council is appealing to a range of people to consider fostering.
The change in their circumstances caused by the coronavirus situation could leave many well placed to provide a loving home for these children. The council is also urging anyone who has fostered with them in the past to think about coming forward to offer the benefit of their experience.
Becoming a foster carer could also be an ideal opportunity for anyone who is looking for a new challenge.
To find out more about becoming a foster carer visit www.lancashire.gov.uk/fostering or call the team on 0300 123 6723.