What have foster carers ever done for us?

You took in our children at a moments notice when their lives were ripped apart. Slowly you pieced the shards of their lives together, all the while dealing with the emotional blowback.

You gave our kids their first taste of what family life could be:

  • Three meals a day, every day
  • Clean clothes
  • New shoes
  • Being taken to school each day
  • Help with homework
  • Toys and games
  • Treats – a trip to the cinema, a visit to the beach
  • Bedtime stories
  • Celebrated birthdays
  • Made sure Santa arrived, and presents delivered
  • Bikes and scooters
  • You let them be happy, normal kids, feeling safe, secure and loved

For many families this is a given. For kids like mine, it was a revelation. This is what normal families do.

You prepared our kids for their new forever family: us.

It’s Foster Care Fortnight from 16 May to 29 May 2016.  The campaign aims to raise the profile of fostering, and help recruit new foster carers across the UK.

  • Over 64,000 children live with almost 55,000 foster families and the demand is increasing.
  • Over the next 12 months 9070 new foster carers are needed to look after a range of children, the greatest need being: older kids, kids with disabilities, sibling groups, unaccompanied asylum seekers.
  • Every 20 minutes across the UK a child comes into care in need of a foster family.

Figures from the Fostering Network

It’s a rewarding vocation, not without challenge. Anyone can become a foster carer. Even you.

And just to dispel a few myths:

  • There is no legal minimum age to become a foster carer
  • There is also no official upper age limit on being a foster carer
  • Single people can foster as well as married or cohabiting couples
  • There are many gay and lesbian foster carers
  • Foster carers do not need to own their own home
  • People don’t have to be parents to foster

If you think you’ve got what it takes to be a foster carer then give it a shot.

Tooting Mama

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