Foster Care Fortnight

Published on: Friday, 29-May-2015

This Foster Care Fortnight, Knowsley’s fostering service are appealing to local people who think they have what it takes to make a difference to a local child’s life.

If you love spending time with children and young people, have plenty of love, patience and time to offer, as well as room in your home, fostering could be the job for you!

There really is no such thing as a ‘typical carer’, and there are no ‘rules’ about who can and can’t foster. You don’t have to be married, wealthy, or own your own home. Foster carers can be any sexuality, race or religion. Full training and support is provided to foster carers, and you will be paid for the care you provide. As a foster carer for Knowsley you have the option to progress, working towards different ‘Skills Levels’, for which an additional payment, similar to a wage, will be paid.

In fact, being a foster carer is one of the most rewarding jobs you could ever do.

Knowsley’s Fostering Service are kicking off Foster Care Fortnight with an Information Session at the River Alt Resource Centre, Woolfall Heath Avenue, Huyton on Monday, June 1 at 6pm. Anyone who is interested in finding out more about fostering is welcome to come along, meet the team and chat with other foster carers to find out what it’s really like.

There will also be lunchtime drop in events at the following locations during the fortnight:

Wednesday, June 3 – Huyton One Stop Shop from 12-2pm

Friday, June 5 – Kirkby One Stop Shop from 12-2pm

Monday, June 8 – Halewood One Stop Shop from 12-2pm

 Alternatively, you can call the team at anytime on 0151 443 3958, see more information on fostering on the council’s website, or ‘like’ the Foster for Knowsley Facebook page.

Fostering involves looking after a child or young person in your own home at a time when they’re unable to live with their own families. Unlike adoption, fostering is a temporary situation for many children. Foster carers can choose whether to offer short or longer term care, and will have a say in the age of child/children they care for. At present there is a particular need for foster carers who are willing to care for children aged between 11-18, and sibling groups.

Cllr Gary See, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “Fostering is such a worthwhile and rewarding thing to do. It enables you to give a child the love, support and care that really can make a critical difference in their lives.

“If you have ever considered fostering, or are curious to find out more, please get in contact today.”