If the royal visit by the Duchess of Cambridge to an event celebrating fostering in London today inspires you to consider fostering, we would like to hear from you!
The Duchess is guest of honour at today’s Fostering Network event in Islington, and is attending a celebratory tea party with foster carers and young people.
There are currently more than 63,000 young people living with foster parents in the UK. Many have experienced neglect and abuse, or have witnessed domestic violence or substance misuse. Foster carers give vulnerable youngsters stability, love and attention when they need it most – and the effect on the lives of the young people can be transformational.
Like all local authorities, Knowsley Council is always on the lookout for new foster carers – especially those who can care for older children or sibling groups.
Fostering involves looking after a child or young person in your own home at a time when they’re unable to live with their own families. Unlike adoption, fostering is a temporary situation for many children. Become a foster carer for Knowsley and you can choose whether to offer short or longer term care, and have a say in the age of child/children you care for.
You don’t have to be married, wealthy, or own your own home to be a foster carer. You can be any sexuality, race or religion. Full training and support is provided and you will be paid for the care you provide.
Cllr Gary See, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Family Services said: “Our foster carers do a fantastic job, working with young people to help give them the love, care and support they so desperately need at what is often a very difficult time in their life.
“Fostering can be challenging, but it is also incredibly rewarding to see the difference you can make to a young person. So, if you’ve ever considered fostering, and want to find out more, please get in touch with us and we will support you every step of the way.”
Fostering is a viable career option for anyone who loves spending time with children and young people. As a foster carer for Knowsley you have the option to progress, working towards different ‘Skills Levels’, for which an additional payment, similar to a wage, will be paid.
So, if you have plenty of love, patience and time to offer, as well as room in your home, fostering could be the job for you!