Foster Carer Fortnight: Monday 12 to Sunday 25 May
Run by the national Fostering Network charity, Foster Carer Fortnight is an annual campaign to raise the profile of fostering – and the UK’s biggest foster carer recruitment campaign.
This year, the theme for the Fortnight is ‘Guess Who Fosters?’ – inviting members of the public to find out what a foster carer looks like, and what it takes to be one. The fostering services who take part will turn the spotlight on current foster carers.
The Foster Carer Fortnight will showcase and celebrate carers’ communication, support and advocacy skills – the qualities which services are looking for in the people who will be assessed, trained and supported to foster the most vulnerable children.
Foster carers will show what they do to provide the support, care and stability for the children in their care. They will explain to potential new carers how they can be part of their local fostering community.
The aim is to attract more people to enquire about being foster carers, in order to reduce the UK’s shortage of carers. We currently need around 8,600 new carers.
Last year’s Foster Carer Fortnight, invited people to get ‘in the frame’. It was a great success, with over 1,000 pieces of media coverage, and hundreds of foster carers, fostering services, celebrities and politicians taking part.
The organisers are hoping that this year’s Fortnight will do even more to highlight the need for new foster carers to provide loving and supportive homes for some of society’s most vulnerable children.
You can see what happens during the Fortnight by following the hashtag #guesswhofosters on social media.
If you live in the North West and are thinking about becoming a foster carer, Lorimer Fostering can provide lots of information on what fostering is and the type of children that need fostering. Just call us on 0800 0 or Request a Call Back via the capture form above.