10 reasons to foster for your local authority
We have collaborated with Cumbria County Council and Lancashire County Council to bring you ten reasons to foster for your local authority. We asked our foster carers why they foster for us and why they chose to foster for the local authority.
Ten reasons why I foster for the local authority
Spending fun times with these precious little people and knowing that what I am doing for them can have a positive lasting impact on their future.
I love sharing the magic of childhood with children and young people who have not experienced the joys of birthday parties, school discos and college open days.
I get first priority over agency carers for placements; and as a former agency carer I was fast tracked through the approval process.
They are a non-profit organisation so their focus is on the best interest of the children and providing the best support for us.
They find the best match for me and my family as they are responsible for all the local children in care.
I have a high level of support via a local social worker and an out of hours helpline, so help is always at hand if you need it - including access to specialist assistance.
I receive ongoing and up-to-date training which is flexible to fit round my lifestyle and can be tailored to my needs.
I feel part of a wider community with local support groups and regular social activities to get involved in.
I know that I can't promise to fix all of a child’s problems, but I can be by their side so they don’t have to face them alone.
Helping to make even a small difference to a child's life is hugely satisfying.
Here at Blackpool Council, we hold monthly open events that are held at Blackpool Sports Centre. If you are interested in finding out further information about becoming a foster carer with us we'd love to hear from you no matter what stage you are at.
You may have thought about fostering for a while, it may be a recent idea - our friendly team will be on hand to answer any questions you have and provide informative materials for you to take away and look over.
If you're considering fostering and would like to make a difference to a child's life at a time they need it most, get in touch.