Raising awareness of foster carers this Foster Care Fortnight
This year it is more important than ever to mark Foster Care Fortnight (11 – 24 May 2020) and say thank you to our incredible foster carers.
Achieving for Children, Richmond and Kingston councils want to highlight and thank the amazing difference foster carers make to the lives of young people in the boroughs, whilst raising awareness of the ongoing need for more to come forward and help.
In the UK, every 20 minutes a child comes into care in need of a loving foster family.There will likely be a spike in demand for foster carers due to the current coronavirus pandemic and the increased pressure families face from school closures and financial uncertainties.
Kingston and Richmonds foster care service - Achieving for Children (AfC) - have not stopped and continue running its service and processing applications despite the current pandemic. AfC is a not-for-profit community interest company established in 2014 and now jointly owned by three councils (Royal Borough of Kingston, Richmond and the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead). It is commissioned to deliver social care and educational services for children across the boroughs.
Across the three boroughs there are currently 162 children in foster placements with many more children in care who need foster care places.
Could you help look after local children?
Foster carers are needed from all walks of life to look after children of differing ages who have come into local authority care through no fault of their own. Whatever your background, culture, religion, ethnicity, sexuality or relationship status, if you can recognise and empathise with that desperate need for security and nurturing – you could be the right person to become a great foster carer.
Being a foster carer is not easy and it takes a special kind of person to do it. However, if you are at all interested, or simply want to find out more, please do not hesitate to visit www.afcfostering.org.uk for more information or call 07894 229 788.
Ruth Sinclair, Achieving for Children foster carer, said:
“My family – me, my husband and three boys – have been fostering for about eight years now and we love it. We love having other children as part of our family for as long as they need it. We love the knowledge that we’re making a difference for a shortish time to a child. We love that we’re playing a vital role in our local community.
“We’re not superhuman, so we know that many other people and families have these attributes too and could make fantastic foster carers – so why not see if that could be you?”
Cllr Diane White, portfolio holder for Children's Services including Education for Kingston upon Thames, said:
The amazing work that foster carers do is at the heart of our community and gives children and young people the opportunity to thrive in a safe, nurturing and stable environment.
Many young people need a safe home now more than ever, and there is an increasing need for foster carers.
Thank you to all foster carers for your continued dedication to support some of our most vulnerable children at this difficult time.