Cheshire East Council has today (Monday), launched a brand-new recruitment campaign to swell the ranks of foster carers to find loving homes for cared for children and young people.
With more than 520 children and young people in the care of the local authority, the council is once again reaching out to residents asking if they are able to become Cheshire East Council foster carers.
Foster Care Fortnight is organised by the charity The Fostering Network and is an annual campaign to raise awareness of the transformational power of fostering and to celebrate the wider fostering community.
Foster Care Fortnight 2021 will be taking place this year from 10-23 May and the theme for the fortnight will be #WhyWeCare. This theme was decided upon through consulting with foster carers and care experienced children and young people.
With the support of foster carers and the director of children's social care, the council has produced a series of short videos promoting why we care and both the challenges and rewards of fostering, and help inspire and attract new foster carers into the service.
The videos will be available to view on the council's dedicated website and on social media.
Councillor Kathryn Flavell, retiring cabinet member and Cheshire East Council children and families committee chair, said: "The need to find loving homes for children is still very great and there is no better time to be asking for the support of new foster carers than during Foster Care Fortnight.
"Regardless of your marital status, sexuality, in employment or not, home owner or renting, we're urging adults from all walks of life to consider making a difference by caring for children and young people from Cheshire East in their own homes and welcoming them to be part of your family.
"And whether you have experience of caring for children or young people or not, you can do this and we will support you every step of the way.
"So, if you have been thinking about fostering for a while or are just curious as to what the roles entail, please do speak with us and to explore if fostering is for you and your family.
Our staff are waiting to hear from you and will be more than happy to answer any questions you might have".
If you would like to know more about becoming a foster carer in Cheshire East then please visit the dedicated website or alternatively telephone 0300 123 3223.