Foster Care Fortnight 2019
Foster Care Fortnight: could you help
change a child's future?
Foster Care Fortnight™ is The Fostering Network's annual
campaign to raise the profile of fostering and to show how foster
care transforms lives. It is also the UK's biggest foster carer
recruitment campaign. Foster Care Fortnight 2019 will take place
from Monday 13 to Sunday 26 May.
The Family Placement Service is calling for up to ten more
foster families in the Bailiwick of Guernsey as The Fostering
Network's Foster Care Fortnight TM 2019 begins across
the UK today.
There is a particular need for people who might be able to care
for school aged children, sibling groups and teenagers. There is
also a need for short break carers who can give time to support
children with disabilities who are living at home with their
Fostering offers children and young people a home when they are
unable to live with their birth family. Sometimes children only
stay with a foster family for a few days, while others will live
with their foster family for their entire childhood and beyond.
Foster carers make a significant difference in the lives of
fostered children and young people, helping them to flourish and
changing their future.
Specialist foster care has also been developed successfully in
Guernsey and this has enabled the service to provide family based
foster care for children with disabilities and complex additional
needs locally. Fostering supports positive outcomes for children
and young people in all areas of their lives.
Karen Reade from the Family Placement Service said: "Our foster
carers come from a variety of backgrounds and bring a wide range of
life and work experiences with them. They offer children love,
warmth and stability, working as part of a team of professionals.
They receive excellent training and support from the Family
Placement Service and the Reparative Care Team, a new service with
a remit to provide additional support and training on therapeutic
parenting to foster carers. Foster carers also receive an allowance
to cover the cost of looking after the children in their care, as
well as a weekly fee.
"The Family Placement Team, together with some of our amazing
foster carers will be out and about in the community during Foster
If you have a spare room and think you could offer the support,
stability and care to help change a fostered child's future, please
get in touch at email@example.com
or phone us on 713230. Our new website is currently being developed
and this will be sited within the States of Guernsey website but in
the meantime please visit guernseyfostercare.com.
Kevin Williams, chief executive of The Fostering Network, said:
"The theme of this year's Foster Care Fortnight is #changeafuture,
reflecting the vital role that fostering plays in our society and
the fact that we know that good foster carer can transform lives
and change futures.
"Foster carers are amazing people, but we really do need more of
them. A wider pool of foster carers enables fostering services to
be able to match the needs of each child more closely with the
particular skills that each foster carer brings, and to find the
right home for each child. That's why, as part of Foster Care
Fortnight, we are urging people in Guernsey and Alderney to get in
touch with their fostering service today."
The Family Placement Service will be at the following locations
during Foster Care Fortnight
Monday 13th May
Le Friquet Garden
Morrison's Daily, St
Grande Marche, St Sampsons 10-4
Tuesday 21st May
Morrison's Daily St