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Foster carers needed during coronavirus pandemic

Posted: Wednesday 6th May 2020

 Foster dad and mum hugging a smiling young boy in a field

Now more than ever we need local people to become foster carers in Blackpool.

We know that coronavirus has caused plans to be put on hold and there are restrictions in place which limit what we can and can’t do right now. But, the need to provide a child with a loving home has never been greater.

During the coronavirus pandemic the number of children and teenagers in need of foster care is increasing. We need to continue recruit foster carers in Blackpool.  

You might be wondering, “is there still support for foster carers during the coronavirus pandemic?”

And the answer is yes! We are still taking applications and our fostering support team are working hard to help people start their fostering journeys with virtual home visits and training.

We can't see our potential foster carers face to face at the moment but we are starting assessments over the phone.

Foster Care Fortnight

Foster carers accomplish incredible things every day, even in the face of a global crisis that has affected every one of us and impacted all aspects of our society.

Despite the practical and emotional challenges that the coronavirus is bringing, foster carers continue to provide support, love and stability to children and young people who can’t live with their birth families.

Foster Care Fortnight, which runs from 11-14 May, is a perfect time to celebrate the fostering community and highlight the incredible work foster carers are doing up and down the country. 

The national campaign aims to raise awareness of fostering and show how foster care transforms lives.

The annual fortnight of activity is headed up by national charity, The Fostering Network, and is the UK’s biggest foster care awareness raising campaign.

Every year, it aims to help to promote the need for more foster families in Blackpool and across the UK.  

This year’s Foster Care Fortnight theme is ‘This is fostering’ and is designed to show the positive difference it can make to the lives of children and young people across the country. 

Here in Blackpool we want to encourage more people to consider fostering. In fact, we need to.

We need you 

Currently, 65,000 children are living with fostering families in England. Every 20 minutes another child comes into care needing a foster family. 

We always need more foster carers and this year is no different. If you know anyone who thinks they might have the skills and experience to become a foster carer in Blackpool, ask them to get in touch.

Remember, there is no such thing as a typical foster carer. Our foster carers come from all backgrounds and bring a wide range of life and work experiences. 

Keep your eyes peeled on our social media pages during the next three weeks to see why you should foster with Blackpool Council.

Get involved

There are several ways to get involved in Foster Care Fortnight 2020.

At the heart of what we do is the need to raise awareness of fostering in Blackpool so we would love you to tell your friends, relatives and others by sharing your fostering experiences. After all, who better to talk to than you, the experts, who live and work fostering every day!

Helping families is a community effort. If you know someone who you think would make a great foster carer in Blackpool, please share this with them. Tag them in our Facebook fostering posts, send them a link to this blog or just tell them to check out our website at www.blackpool.gov.uk/foster

Head on over to our Facebook and Twitter pages and hit the follow / like button to stay up-to-date. 

Interested in becoming a foster carer? Get in touch today! Call us on 01253 477888
or email fostering.adoption@blackpool.gov.uk