#StayTogether will be the message as fostering services at Sefton and Knowsley Councils come together for a special recruitment drive.
In Sefton and Knowsley there are over 750 ‘looked after’ children in need of foster placements, many of them in sibling groups.
Two events will be held, allowing anyone thinking of fostering to meet experienced carers who already foster families of brothers and sisters, while also learning about the approval process, support and learning with expert teams from both local authorities.
The first event will take place at Aintree Shopping Park, Saturday January 27, 10am – 4pm, while the second event will take place at Cables Shopping Centre in Prescot, Sunday January 28, 10am- 4pm.
Cllr. John Joseph Kelly, Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Families at Sefton Council, said:
“It is great to be working together with Knowsley in this innovative way. Now more than ever there is an urgent need for carers for siblings, highlighting this is so important.
“The media bus is both unique and eye catching and gives us the flexibility to get out and about into the heart of our communities. Allowing us to create a clear call to action, it encourages people from all walks of life to consider how they could make a real difference to children’s lives.”
Cllr Marie Stuart, Knowsley Council Cabinet Lead Member – Children’s Services said
“We are delighted to be working with Sefton Council on this unique Fostering Information Event.
“It’s important that we work together to encourage more families to come forward and find out more about becoming Foster Carers with their local authority. 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 understand it’s 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 valuable role Foster Carers have in providing loving homes 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.”
For more information about fostering with Sefton, visit the Sefton Fostering website or contact the team on 0800 923 2777.