The Council is continuing its campaign to highlight the need for more foster carers for Coventry children by joining The Fostering Network’s National Foster Care Fortnight which runs from 16-29 May.
The campaign will highlight that across the UK every 20 minutes a child needs a foster placement and that more local carers are needed in and around Coventry.
The Coventry City Council Fostering Team is inviting people to come along and meet the team and current foster carers at a number of events across the city, ask questions and find out more about how fostering could work for you.
Councillor Ed Ruane, Lead Cabinet Member for Children’s Services in Coventry, said "We are very aware that there is a shortage of foster carers in Coventry, as elsewhere, and continuing to recruit more fostering households for Coventry children is a crucial issue for us again this year.
"‘It is important to also note that all children who need a foster family have one. However, wherever possible we want to keep Coventry children in or around Coventry, with their siblings and close to their family, friends, school and other familiar places. Placing children with Coventry City Council approved carers gives children the best chance of this happening. Without more foster families coming forward during 2016 to foster for Coventry City Council some children may find themselves living further away, or being split up from their brothers and sisters.
"I would urge anyone who is interested in fostering to get in touch with the team, the process to become a foster carer has been shortened recently and we also know people may assume they won’t be eligible to foster whereas actually they could be perfect!"
Rachel Brown, Fostering and Adoption Recruitment Officer, said "We urgently need more people to consider fostering Coventry children. We have made some significant improvements to the payments and support for foster carers which means that fostering is a fantastic opportunity for many more local people. There is no such thing as a ‘typical’ foster carer- we have carers from all different backgrounds and situations but what they all have in common is the time and motivation to make a difference to Coventry children. We are available to talk to people on social media, telephone, online or face to face- making it easier than ever for people to find out more."
Pauline, a Coventry foster carer, added: ‘We have been foster carers for over 15 years, I would recommend fostering to anyone- I can’t imagine doing anything else as although there are challenges it is so rewarding knowing you are making such a difference to children’s lives. Fostering for Coventry also means you are part of a wider support and social network with the Coventry Foster Carers’ Association who, alongside weekly and monthly get togethers have arranged some fantastic events for fostering families including a ‘Big Day Out’ at the University of Warwick recently which attracted over 200 members of fostering families."
Wendy, also a foster carer for Coventry, said: "I came into fostering as I believe that every child deserves a positive childhood and that I could make a difference."
If you would like to find out more, you can call the team on 024 7683 2828, go along to an event as shown below, visit the website www.coventry.gov.uk/fostering, ‘Like’ Adopt and Foster for Coventry on Facebook, or follow @adoptfosterCCC on Twitter .