Foster Care Fortnight in May is the Fostering Network’s annual campaign to raise the profile of fostering and attract new carers writes Cheryl Keller (pictured right).
From 14 to 27 May, with a theme of fostering: time to care, the campaign will highlight the urgent need for more foster carers and calls on everyone to get behind fostering and support children in care. This year we will particularly focus on the shortage of foster families for teenagers.
Swindon Borough Council will join this national campaign to encourage more foster carers to help the growing number of young people who are entering the social care system.
We will be staffing a booth at the Brunel Centre on 16, 17 and 18 May to explain what fostering involves to people who would like to know more.
The council is particularly hoping to find more foster families for teenagers as they are the hardest age group to home, and is also on the look-out for more supported lodgings carers and remand foster carers.
Supported lodging is a form of independent living in a family setting for young people aged between 16 and 21 who may have been in foster care and are not yet ready to live on their own.
There is also a need for remand fostering. It’s a sad fact that some young people can find themselves in trouble with the law. When this happens, the police or the Court sometimes decide that it’s not appropriate for the young person to return home immediately.
In those circumstances the young person may be remanded to local authority care. We believe locking up children is never a suitable course of action except for the most serious offences and we need foster carers who are able to provide short-term placements, for up to 28 days, as an alternative to custody.
To find out about becoming a foster carer please call the Family Placement Team on 01793 465700.