Barbara is supporting Foster Care Fortnight, a national campaign taking place from 14th to 28th May to raise awareness about fostering.
“Foster care is an absolutely essential service. It gives children across Worsley the chance of a brighter future, and a more productive, happier place in society. Foster carers do a fantastic job, but the fact is that there are simply not enough of them at the moment and more than one in 10 children in care in Salford are forced to move home up to three times a year”.
New government figures reveal that due to a shortage of 1700 foster carers in the North West, some of the area’s most vulnerable children are forced to move between foster homes at least three times a year. All age groups are being moved, including babies under the age of one.
“Children need the love, support and guidance that foster parents can offer. Unfortunately the reality is that many children must not only deal with the trauma of being separated from their birth families and taken into the care system, but also cope with being moved between foster homes, schools and neighbourhoods.
"Foster Care Fortnight is the ideal opportunity to contact your local fostering services and find out more about becoming a foster carer."
Fostering services need a wider pool of foster carers to place children with families best suited to their particular needs. All foster carers are trained extensively to look after children with different and very specific needs. There is a much higher chance the arrangement will break down, leading to a disruptive and emotionally damaging move to another family, if children are placed with foster carers not specifically trained to look after them.
The nationwide campaign will be asking people in Salford to step forward to fill the shortage, and offer a home and the chance of a better life to children who can not live with their own families.