Foster Care Fortnight, Monday 14 - Sunday 27 May, is the UK’s biggest foster care awareness raising campaign, delivered by the leading fostering charity, The Fostering Network.
Published: Monday, 14th May 2018
As part of this national drive, Hounslow Council is encouraging people to come forward and foster children and young people in our care.
People foster for a number of reasons but overwhelmingly it’s because they want to make a difference to a child’s life.
A foster carer provides a home for children or young people who are temporarily unable, for a range of reasons, to live with their own family. This helps reduce the pressure on families, allowing time for complications to be sorted out so that children can eventually return home.
There are many children and young people in Hounslow who need foster carers, especially those from a diverse range of ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds.
A Hounslow Council spokesperson, said: “A foster home can provide the stability and support needed to secure a brighter future for children who are most in need. In Hounslow, we’re particularly looking to recruit more foster carers to look after sibling groups and teenagers.
“The only key requirement to becoming a foster carer is having a spare room. People may wonder if they have the skills to become a foster carer, so I’d like to reassure people that what really matters is being able to offer a loving and caring home to children separated from their own families.”
Advice and support is always available for foster carers, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and a generous weekly allowance is paid to meet the needs of each child placed. Hounslow’s allowances are higher than the recommended national rate for foster carers and are up to £868.60 per fortnight, per child.
If you’re interested in fostering and have a spare room, come along to the council’s fostering information event from 7-9pm on Thursday 24 May. It’s in committee room one at the Civic Centre, Lampton Road, TW4 3DN. It's really informal and you’ll be able to speak directly to our friendly foster carers and ask any questions which you may have.
As part of the national Foster Care Fortnight, which runs from 14-27 May, the council’s fostering service will be running a series of events as follows;
- West Middlesex University Hospital, Twickenham Road, Isleworth, TW7 6AF on Monday 14 May, 10am-4pm
- Treaty Shopping Centre, Treaty Centre High Street, Hounslow TW3 1ES on Friday 18 May, 9.15-6pm
- New Heston Road, Hounslow, TW5 0LW on Saturday 19 May, 11am-2pm
- Civic Centre, Lampton Road, Hounslow, TW3 4DN on Monday 21 May, 10am-2.30pm
- Asda Blenheim Centre, Cecil Road, Hounslow, TW3 1JT on Tuesday 22 May, 3.30-6pm.
A range of staff and Hounslow foster carers have also offered their support for Foster Care Fortnight. Read their messages of support;
Jo, foster carer, Hounslow Council has shown her support for Foster Care Fortnight: “Fostering is not for all people and definitely not for the faint hearted! But for me I can honestly not think of anything else in my life I'd rather be than a foster mum.”
Kimi, social worker, Hounslow Council has shown her support for Foster Care Fortnight: “I am very proud to work with and support our committed foster carers, who make a valuable difference in children’s lives, it makes my job all worthwhile.”
To find out more about fostering in Hounslow, visit www.hounslow.gov.uk/fostering or call 0800 731 8558