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Fostering campaign reveals little things which make big difference

Event on October 15th to encourage more carers

Poster of child with message

Children’s self-portraits and their thoughts on what makes a good foster carer are at the heart of a new campaign around fostering in Leicestershire.

The county council campaign focuses on what children in care want from a foster carer, all in their own words - from teaching them new things and treating them kindly, to being good listeners and keeping them safe.

It is the simple things that make great foster carers, according to Ivan Ould, the county council’s cabinet member for children and families.

Our new fostering campaign is designed to help people who are curious about fostering to understand that it's the little things which make all the difference for our children in care.

“They want carers who are there to support them during a very difficult time in their young lives. They want to be accepted for themselves and welcomed into a family, kept safe and treated kindly.

"You don’t have to be an expert to make a great foster parent, just a loving, caring person, so if you believe you can make a difference to the life of a Leicestershire child in care, then contact the team.

With more than 600 children and young people in care across the county, the council sees the campaign as a catalyst to help spur on new foster carers looking to make a big difference to a young person’s life.

The new  campaign is running throughout this month on Facebook, accompanied by advertising on the county and city council's park and ride service.

Anyone interested in fostering can visit the council’s next ‘Find out about Fostering’ event, which is being held between 6.30pm and 8pm on Tuesday, 15 October, at County Hall.

Alternatively, anyone wanting to find out more about fostering can contact the team on 0116 305 0505, or visit

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