South Swindon MP Robert Buckland is throwing his support behind Foster Care Fortnight.
The fortnight, which runs until 23 May, is the UK's largest foster care awareness campaign, and Mr Buckland is urging constituents to consider becoming foster carers.
Foster Care Fortnight's organisers, charity The Fostering Network, say that with over 8,500 new foster carers needed across the UK, becoming a foster carer could be the ideal opportunity for those with the right skills to give back to their community and improve the lives of children who cannot live with their birth family.
Being a foster carer is about more than just providing love for children - it is about supporting development and growth. Foster carers need to have listening, observational, and communications skills, as well as confidence, resilience, and patience.
They must be able of offer stability, to be a team player, and sometimes, most vitally of all, foster carers need a sense of humour.
Mr Buckland MP said: “Foster carers play a crucial role in our care system and have again shown in the last challenging year that they have the skills needed to help our children to develop and grow.
“I would like to say a big thank you all of the foster carers here in Swindon who do such a fantastic job.
“Being a foster carer is to take on a role like no other, so if you are looking for a new lifestyle in the aftermath of this dreadful pandemic and you believe you have the right skills, please consider becoming a foster carer.”
People can find out more about fostering at https://thefosteringnetwork.org.uk/could-you-foster
During the covid19 pandemic, over 55,000 foster carers provided stable and loving homes to more than 65,000 children across the UK.