Research shows that a child comes into the care system in need of a Foster family every 20 minutes in the UK. It is estimated that we need to recruit 9070 foster families within the next 12 months to meet the demand of children who are currently searching for foster homes and to accommodate those children expected to enter the care system.
If you are interested in becoming a Foster Carer, please click here to make an enquiry or call us on 0300 111 1945.
Each Year, Fostering Services take part in various events during what is known as ‘Foster Care Fortnight’. Fostering Fortnight is an initiative started by The Fostering Network and aims to raise awareness about the need for Foster Carers across The UK.
Each Year, The Fostering Network pick a theme for the two-week campaign and ask everyone to support them by getting involved. Previous Fostering Fortnight themes have included ‘My Connection to Fostering’ in 2015, where people were asked to share their experiences of fostering, and ‘Guess who Fosters’ in 2014.
The campaign theme for 2016 is ‘Time to Foster, Time to Care’. In line with the statistic of a child coming into care every 20 minutes, The Fostering Network are asking you to use their template card and write down your ‘Favourite 20 minutes from last year’. Once you have identified your 20 minutes, take a picture and share it on social media using the hashtag #FCF2016, encouraging people to participate. Everyone at The CFT will be doing their part and would love you to get involved!
During Foster Care Fortnight alone it is expected that over 1000 children will come into the care system. If you think you have what it takes to Foster and would like to find out more, please click here to make an initial enquiry.
Alternatively, why not come along and show your support for Fostering Fortnight at one of our local recruitment events. We will be holding Open Days at some our regional offices:
*Yorkshire Office – 10AM-4PM (The Rose Suite, Nostell Estate, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF4 1AB)
*South Central Office – 10AM – 8PM (55 Station Road, Petersfield, GU32 3ES)
*North East Office – 10AM-3PM
(SMS Meer UK Ltd, Henson Close, South Church Enterprise Park, Bishop Auckland, DL14 6WA)