Foster Care Fortnight
Central Bedfordshire are looking for foster carers.
Would you be #proudtofoster?
Our foster carers are definitely proud to foster – and are spreading the message to encourage other people to come forward and apply.
National Foster Care Fortnight’s theme is #proudtofoster, getting foster carers to share their experiences. They include mum-of-two Sharon, who has been fostering with Central Bedfordshire Council for the past three years.
She said: “I chose Central Bedfordshire Council to foster with because I wanted to make a positive impact within the community I live. For us as a family we wanted to make a positive long-term change in a child’s life and for them to become part of a family.
It has been amazing experiencing the world fresh from the eyes of a child who had no idea there was a world out there to explore. Central Bedfordshire Fostering team have given us as a family amazing support and I would highly recommend them for your journey into fostering. During support groups you get to meet other foster carers who really understand and help you not only through the difficult times but celebrate with you the achievements our children make. If you are thinking of applying to foster just go for it and see where your journey leads you. Myself and my daughters have loved making a difference to a child’s life and intend to continue to do that for many years to come. Start your journey now.”
In Central Bedfordshire there is a particular need for people who can foster siblings, older children, children with challenging behaviours and unaccompanied young asylum seekers. There is also a need for respite foster carers which is perfect for those who cannot commit full time to fostering.
Fostering is open to people of all backgrounds, whether single, married, LGBT, in a long-term relationship or civil partnership. You do not have to own your own home, and the main requirements are having a spare bedroom and being able to offer youngsters who have entered the care system the time, space and support to develop and enjoy a childhood they may otherwise have not been able to experience.
To find out more about fostering in Central Bedfordshire, visit www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/fostering