Foster Care Fortnight 2017
Foster Care Fortnight is the UK’s biggest foster care awareness raising campaign, delivered by The Fostering Network and supported by local authorities across the nation. Established for almost 20 years, the campaign helps to highlight the requirement for more foster families to come forward.
In 2017 it is estimated over 9,000 foster families are needed in the UK alone. 1,300 of which are required in the North West alone to provide care for a range of children - with the highest demand for foster carers for older children, sibling groups and children with additional needs specifically.
This year the campaign will take place from Monday 16 to Sunday 29 May 2016. As always Blackpool Council are fully supporting the campaign, and have some interesting and exciting ways we will be celebrating over the two weeks....
What's on during Foster Care Fortnight 2017?
Foster Carer Recruitment Event | Meet The Foster Carer Tea Party
On the 11 May our friendly team will be holding a recruitment event at Stanley Park Art Deco Cafe. The trailer will be placed in front of the venue and members of the team will be there between 12 - 2pm to talk fostering. Come along and ask any questions, collect an information pack or sign up to start the process. An experienced foster carer will be at the event to share experiences and answer any questions you may have. Whatever stage you are at in your fostering journey our team members are on hand to help you decide whether you are ready to take the next steps.
If you can't make this specific date, head over to News and Events where all dates for 2017 are listed.
Ten Reasons to Foster for Your Local Authority
Behind the scenes, we have teamed up with Lancashire County Council and Cumbria County Council to talk to our foster carers and find out why they foster for the local authority instead of an independent fostering agency. As many people don't know the difference until they begin or are directly involved with the fostering process, we thought it would be an easy, fun and most importantly real insight to help explain the benefits.
See the complete list of ten reasons to foster for your local authority.
Many of our foster carers enjoy fostering for Blackpool Council for the community feel it brings. Many recommend their friends and family to join them and we are grateful for the large network they have developed.
Head over to the Fostering Network to see other ways you can be involved in Foster Care Fortnight 2017, such as fundraising events, fostering quizzes or to simply learn more about the campaign, who's involved and why it exists.
The Fostering Network have a dedicated page for Foster Care Fortnight as well as a host of useful materials