Knowsley and Sefton Council have joined forces once again in their search for new Foster Carers. There are over 750 looked after children in Knowsley and Sefton and the need to recruit new Foster Carers to provide a loving home to children remains a priority. Both authorities are urging anyone who has ever thought about fostering and would like to know more, to come along to their #StayTogether event.
The event will take place on board the fostering bus, a specially converted double decker bus. Both Knowsley and Sefton’s fostering teams will be there to answer any questions and will be chatting to people about the support they can expect from Knowsley and Sefton’s Fostering Services. There will also be an opportunity to meet Foster Carers who will share their experiences and answer any questions.
The event will be held over two days:
- Thursday 17 May at Tesco, Prescot Cables Retail Park, Steley Way, Prescot, L34 5NQ, 9am-6pm
- Friday 18 May at Aintree Retail Park, Ormskirk Road, Liverpool, L9 5AN, 9am-6pm
Colette Dutton Executive Director (Children), Knowsley Council said “We are delighted to be working once again with Sefton Council on the #StayTogether fostering information event. We are always looking for new Foster Carers with our greatest need being for Foster Carers who could provide a safe and loving home for sibling groups, older children, and children with additional needs.
We hope by holding this event during Foster Care Fortnight that people come along and chat to some of our fostering families who come from a wide range of backgrounds but all have one thing in common – their desire to provide a loving home and a brighter future for some of our boroughs most vulnerable children. Of course we understand that fostering is a really big decision for people to make, but we offer excellent support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and offer financial allowances in recognition of the loving homes foster carers provide for the children in our care. I would encourage anyone who is thinking about becoming a Foster Carer to come along and have a chat with our friendly teams without feeling obligated or pressured in any way.”
Cllr. John Joseph Kelly, Sefton Council Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Safeguarding said “Fostering really can change a child’s life. Foster carers offer supportive, caring and firm foundations to our vulnerable children and young people; it’s a hugely rewarding role. I would encourage anyone who’s been thinking about fostering to come along to the event to find out more”.
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 the council does all it can to make sure it finds carers who can care for them together in order for them to maintain a strong bond and make some happy memories 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.