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Fostering open event information sessions 2020

Come along to one of our regular informal information evenings to find out more about fostering. The aim of the sessions is to help you decide whether to take the next step.

They are held once a month at Blackpool Sports Centre, West Park Drive, FY3 9HQ. 

On each date listed below, the session times are as follows:

Fostering session 5.00pm - 7.30pm

You don't have to attend the entire session, you can call in at a time that is convenient to yourself. Our friendly team will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

The dates for 2020 are as follows:

  • Please note that the April event has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
  • 12 May
  • 9 June
  • 14 July
  • 11 August
  • 8 September
  • 13 October
  • 10 November
  • 8 December 

We look forward to meeting you. 

If you'd like further information about our events or details about fostering in general why not use our online contact form, email fostering.adoption@blackpool.gov.uk  or call our friendly team on 01253 477888. 

2019 events 

Celebrating our amazing foster carers

Foster carers in Blackpool were praised for their hard work and dedication helping vulnerable children during a special event held in December.

Blackpool Council’s foster carers gathered for the festive celebration event held at the Town Hall and were praised for their care and commitment. 

The award-winning school choir at Anchorsholme Academy provided surprise entertainment at the event. The Lancashire County Champions performed an upbeat medley of Christmas songs.  

Mayor of Blackpool, Cllr Amy Cross with Anchorsholme Academy school choir in the Town Hall

Consultant clinical psychologist, Dr Cheryl Hutton, presented ‘The 12 days of Christmas for foster carers’, which was a light-hearted snapshot of parenting techniques to help support and form relationships with children and young people.

Thanking the foster carers for their work, Mayor of Blackpool, Councillor Amy Cross, said: “It is a real privilege to be here with you today. You do one of the most valuable jobs that I can ever think of. Thank you for everything that you do.”

Cllr Graham Cain, Deputy Leader of Blackpool Council (Children), said: “We always look forward to this special Christmas event as it is an opportunity to recognise the hard work and dedication of our foster carers and say thank you.

“As lucky as we are to have our current group of foster carers, there are still many children out there in need of a foster home close to their local community and we urgently need more foster carers to look after them. 

“If you have ever considered fostering, or know someone who could, please get in touch or join us at one of our information sessions.”

Foster carer thank you 

More than a hundred Blackpool Council foster carers attended a celebration evening at the Winter Gardens earlier this year.  

The evening was a thank you to Blackpool foster carers for their ongoing service and dedication to local children.  

Winter Gardens event

Foster carers were told how Blackpool has a longstanding reputation of caring for children with the town playing a pivotal role in the war effort. The resort hosted 35,000 children who were evacuated between 1939-1945.

Like host families almost 80 years ago, Blackpool foster carers open their homes and their hearts to local children in need of care and protection.  

Neil Jack thanked foster carers for acting as positive role models to children, offering them care, love and inspiration.

In Blackpool we currently have around 200 registered foster families who are caring for some of the most vulnerable members of our society. This number is nowhere near enough which is why we are urgently looking for both new and experienced foster carers to improve the lives of children in Blackpool. 

We are keen to hear from people who are interested in caring for a child. If you know anyone who might be interested in becoming a foster carer for Blackpool Council, ask them to contact the fostering team on 01253 477888, email fostering.adoption@blackpool.gov.uk or come along to one of our monthly open evenings at Blackpool Sports Centre, Stanley Park.  

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