Foster Care Fortnight, Monday 13 - Sunday 26 May, is the UK’s biggest foster care awareness raising campaign, delivered by the leading fostering charity, The Fostering Network.
Published: Thursday, 9th May 2019
Foster Care Fortnight is The Fostering Network's annual campaign to raise the profile of fostering and to show how foster care transforms lives. It is also the UK's biggest foster carer recruitment campaign. Over 8,000 new foster families are needed in the next 12 months alone to care for a range of children, with the greatest need being for foster carers for older children, sibling groups and disabled children.
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.
Councillor Tom Bruce, Cabinet Member for Education, Children and Youth Services, Hounslow Council, 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 one of the council’s fostering information sessions listed below:
- Friday 17 May, 10.30am - 12noon at Hounslow House, Floor 6, Room 6, 7 Bath Road, Hounslow TW3 3EB
- Thursday 23 May, 7-9pm at Hounslow House, Floor 6, Room 9, 7 Bath Road, Hounslow TW3 3EB.
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.
In Hounslow we often find that existing foster carers are the best advert for fostering, so if you are a foster carer please help spread the word. Tell others your fostering story - about the futures you have changed and how fostering has changed your future. Encourage your friends, family and colleagues to find out more by visiting our website. If you're not a foster carer already, could you consider becoming one? Register today.
To find out more about fostering in Hounslow, visit www.hounslow.gov.uk/fostering or call 0800 731 8558