'Foster Care Fortnight' highlights need for more carers

'Foster Care Fortnight' highlights need for more carers

Published by George Sharpe at 10:05am 19th May 2020.

Dorset Council are celebrating the county's foster carers for Foster Care Fortnight. 

It takes places over two weeks, continuing until 24th May. 

The awareness campaign celebrates the work that foster carers do and highlights the need for more carers in the county. 

Dorset Council has described difficulty in finding placements for one vulnerable youngster anywhere in the country, due to a national shortage of foster carers amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Throughout the fortnight, the authority is answering questions about fostering in online sessions, doing live interviews and running competitions on their social media pages.

They're holding Zoom drop-in chats for potential foster carers to ask any questions. The next event is on Thursday 21st May at 5 pm.

Cllr Andrew Parry, Dorset Council's Portfolio Holder for Children, Education and Early Help, said:

"Why not find out about fostering during Foster Care Fortnight? Our online drop-in sessions and other events are an ideal way of finding out more. If you think you could make a difference to a child's life, please take a look. 

"Dorset children need Dorset to care for them. We urgently need more foster carers to look after children of all ages.

"A lot of people think fostering isn't for them, they may worry that they are too old or don't fit a certain stereotype. We want to get the message across that most people can foster, we want to hear from people who are retired, LGBTQ+, single or have no childcare experience. Please don't rule yourself out, all you need is love, energy and a spare room!"

The annual awareness campaign is held by The Fostering Network. 

If you like to find out more about fostering visit www.fosterindorset.com or search for #fosteringpays on social media.