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Could you foster a child in need?

Date
Mon, 10 May 2021
Article

The importance of a safe and loving home is more important than ever at the moment and the council is looking for more caring adults to become foster carers and join the hundreds of others who are caring for our children across the East Riding.

Foster Care Fortnight runs from 10-23 May and would normally be a time for East Riding of Yorkshire Council to organise drop-in sessions and information events for anybody interested in fostering.

The current COVID-19 restrictions means it is not possible to spread the word about the way foster carers can transform young lives in the usual way, but the need to recruit more foster carers remains as vital as ever.

At present, there are 346 children looked after in the East Riding, the majority of whom are living with foster carers.

Suzanna Hills, the council's fostering team manager, said: "All around the East Riding, our fantastic foster carers are doing an incredible job.

"This fortnight is our chance to say a big thank you to them for everything they do, but also to try to find more people who can perform this vital and rewarding role.

"Foster carers don't need formal qualifications, to own their own home or have children of their own. They do need a spare room and the commitment to meet the needs of a child who needs help, care and support at a difficult time in their life."

Foster carers Lynn and Jim can be seen talking very highly about becoming a foster carer in a short video which includes the benefits and the rewards people can get out of undertaking this life-changing role. To view the video visit https://youtu.be/u_iaRqBzrqM

Foster Care Fortnight is an annual national campaign organised by The Fostering Network to raise the profile of fostering and to show how it can transforms lives.

Anyone interested in finding out more can contact fish@eastriding.gov.uk or call (01482) 396469.

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