Our brothers and sisters are some of the most important people in our lives, and Knowsley Council are desperately trying to find a safe and loving foster home for a brother and sister, Bobby (13) and Daisy (9).
Bobby is a typical teenage boy who enjoys spending time with his friends, playing pool and cycling. Daisy enjoys playing with her dolls, watching the ballet and anything in the colour pink. Bobby and Daisy are unable to live with their birth family so the council’s Fostering Service is trying to find them a home where they can enjoy their childhood together.
A sibling relationship is life’s longest lasting relationship and this is no different for looked after children. Most siblings benefit hugely from staying together; and it is important to reach out to more people who may be able to care for sibling groups in order for them to maintain a strong bond and make some happy memories together.
Cllr Marie Stuart, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Lead Member for Children’s Services said: “This brother and sister need strong emotional support and attention and we would like to keep them together in, or close to, Knowsley so that they can continue attending their schools where they have friends and are doing really well. This is an unusual public appeal from Knowsley, but we urgently need new foster carers every year in order for us find the right care for all the children and young people in Knowsley who need it.”
Knowsley and Sefton Council have joined forces this New Year in their search for new Foster Carers particularly for siblings. There are over 750 looked after children in Knowsley and Sefton and the need for both authorities to recruit new Foster Carers to provide a loving home to children remains a priority. The Fostering teams from both authorities will be holding a large #StayTogether event this weekend in the hope it will encourage more residents to come forward and enquire.
For children whose lives have often involved trauma and disruption, the relationships with their siblings bring them stability and love. These relationships are very beneficial and the council does all it can to make sure it finds carers who can care for them together.
If you would like to find out more about fostering or if you are an existing Foster Carer who is thinking about transferring, then get in touch with Knowsley’s Fostering Service who would be delighted to speak to you about it. Call 0151 443 3959 or visit the Foster for Knowsley website.