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Find out about life as a foster carer this Foster Care Fortnight

Foster Carer Fortnight

Gateshead Council is calling for more people to come forward and find out about fostering, during The Fostering Network's Foster Care Fortnight 2020. There is a particular need for people who might be able to care for teenagers and sibling groups, but we are reaching out to find foster carers for all age ranges.

Fostering offers children and young people a home when they are unable to live with their own family. Sometimes children only stay with a foster family for a few days, while others will live with their foster family for their entire childhood and beyond.

Foster carers make a significant difference in the lives of fostered children and young people, helping them to flourish and changing their future. There are a range of different opportunities available for foster carers, from respite to long term placements. All of which come with an extensive support package, high quality training/qualifications, a fostering fee and child allowance. Foster carers also have their own supervising social worker, support from the child's social worker and access to a wide range of specialist advice and support services.

This year's theme #ThisIsFostering provides an opportunity to showcase the great work of our foster carers in Gateshead. In the current coronavirus situation, our foster carers have continued with their role as well as supporting children, even more, whilst they are not able to attend school or take part in their usual activities.

Councillor Gary Haley, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said:

"Our foster carers come from a variety of backgrounds and bring a wide range of life and work experiences with them. They offer children stability, warmth and support in their home and work as part of a wider team. They receive excellent training and support from our Fostering Service and make such a difference to the children and young people in their care.

"Our foster carers do an amazing job and we are even more proud of them, at the moment, for providing extra support and guidance to vulnerable children, whilst they are staying safe at home. I would like to personally thank all our foster carers for all that they do and encourage anyone who is thinking about fostering to come forward and find out more. Having more foster families in Gateshead means we can match the needs of the child with the skills of the foster carers and find the right homes for children and young people.

"If you live within a 20 mile radius of Gateshead and think you could offer the support, stability and care to help change a fostered child's future, please come forward. We are still recruiting and can offer you a face to face "virtual information session" to replace our usual information events. An experienced social worker can explain the process and help you decide if fostering might be for you."

This national campaign echoes our local approach to recruiting more foster carers, which highlights the real-life stories of some of Gateshead Council's foster carers.

Carol and Paul, Gateshead Council foster carers, who feature in the campaign, said: "We really wanted to do something that made a difference to kids' lives. It's really one of the best ways that we can do that is provide a safe home for children who have had quite difficult pasts. We have made a significant difference to some children's lives.  We've never had anything that is quite as rewarding."  

Find out more and hear Carol and Paul's story, and others

Foster Carer Fortnight
12 May 2020

Gateshead Council is calling for more people to come forward and find out about fostering, during The Fostering Network's Foster Care Fortnight 2020. There is a particular need for people who might be able to care for teenagers and sibling groups, but we are reaching out to find foster carers for all age ranges.

Fostering offers children and young people a home when they are unable to live with their own family. Sometimes children only stay with a foster family for a few days, while others will live with their foster family for their entire childhood and beyond.

Foster carers make a significant difference in the lives of fostered children and young people, helping them to flourish and changing their future. There are a range of different opportunities available for foster carers, from respite to long term placements. All of which come with an extensive support package, high quality training/qualifications, a fostering fee and child allowance. Foster carers also have their own supervising social worker, support from the child's social worker and access to a wide range of specialist advice and support services.

This year's theme #ThisIsFostering provides an opportunity to showcase the great work of our foster carers in Gateshead. In the current coronavirus situation, our foster carers have continued with their role as well as supporting children, even more, whilst they are not able to attend school or take part in their usual activities.

Councillor Gary Haley, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said:

"Our foster carers come from a variety of backgrounds and bring a wide range of life and work experiences with them. They offer children stability, warmth and support in their home and work as part of a wider team. They receive excellent training and support from our Fostering Service and make such a difference to the children and young people in their care.

"Our foster carers do an amazing job and we are even more proud of them, at the moment, for providing extra support and guidance to vulnerable children, whilst they are staying safe at home. I would like to personally thank all our foster carers for all that they do and encourage anyone who is thinking about fostering to come forward and find out more. Having more foster families in Gateshead means we can match the needs of the child with the skills of the foster carers and find the right homes for children and young people.

"If you live within a 20 mile radius of Gateshead and think you could offer the support, stability and care to help change a fostered child's future, please come forward. We are still recruiting and can offer you a face to face "virtual information session" to replace our usual information events. An experienced social worker can explain the process and help you decide if fostering might be for you."

This national campaign echoes our local approach to recruiting more foster carers, which highlights the real-life stories of some of Gateshead Council's foster carers.

Carol and Paul, Gateshead Council foster carers, who feature in the campaign, said: "We really wanted to do something that made a difference to kids' lives. It's really one of the best ways that we can do that is provide a safe home for children who have had quite difficult pasts. We have made a significant difference to some children's lives.  We've never had anything that is quite as rewarding."  

Find out more and hear Carol and Paul's story, and others

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