It’s Foster Care Fortnight and the spotlight is being shone on the life-changing work of families supporting children in care in Leicestershire.
The awareness campaign runs from May 11 -24 and this year’s theme is #ThisisFostering
During the fortnight, Leicestershire County Council is celebrating the contributions of local foster carers and the difference they make to children and young people in care.
We considered becoming foster carers over many years but the time never seemed right, what with our family and work commitments.Person:Lorraine, who has been fostering in Leicestershire for two years
"As a result we were both aged over 50 by the time we started our fostering journey.
“Fostering a child has been one of the most challenging but rewarding things we have done to date, from his pure excitement and joy at getting his first matching tracksuit, through all the ups and downs of his emotional turmoils.
“All our hard work is rewarded by hugs and genuine smiles from the child. We can honestly say we would not change a thing.”
We’re always grateful to our incredible foster carers but particularly now, for providing much-needed support and stability for our children and young people when there is so much disruption to routine and change to everyday life. Thank you for everything you are doing.Person:Ivan Ould, county council cabinet member for children and families
“For anyone who has thought about fostering, and is now wondering more than ever about what you can do to help, we would encourage you to get in touch and find out more about making a difference to a young person who needs you.”
There are many different ways to foster and although the council’s regular ‘find out about fostering’ events have been cancelled until further notice, the fostering team are available via phone, email and social media to talk through the various ways people can help.
Find out more about fostering here or call 0116 305 0505 (Mon-Fri, 8:30am-4:30pm).