Sefton teams up with Knowsley for National Celebration of Fostering

Sefton and Knowsley Council are teaming up as part of an annual celebration of fostering, raising awareness to attract more would be foster carers.

Organised by national charity The Fostering Network, Foster Care Fortnight takes place May 14th – 27th, with this year’s theme of ‘fostering transforms lives’.

Under the banner of #StayTogether, Sefton and Knowsley will be taking the ‘Fostering bus’ on the road to meet the public and give them all of the information they need to consider fostering, especially for sibling groups where there is the greatest need.

The ‘Fostering bus’ reaches Sefton on May 18th, 9am-6pm at Aintree Shopping Park.

Cllr. John Joseph Kelly, 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; it is a hugely rewarding role. I would encourage anyone who is thinking about fostering to jump aboard the fostering bus and find out more”

Sefton Council’s fostering teams will also deliver the latest instalment of their popular information evenings shortly after Foster Care Fortnight. The next session, which are free, non-ticket events, will take place June 5th, 6.30-8.30pm at The Vincent Hotel in Southport.

To find out more about fostering in Sefton, visit www.seftonfostering.co.uk or call 0800 923 2777.

Sefton and Knowsley unite to help siblings #StayTogether in foster families

#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.