Last year we spoke to 1500 people considering fostering during February – This year we want to speak to 2020!
This Fostering February we want to chat to as many people as possible who want to find out more information about fostering children or young people. Fostering February is a month long campaign dedicated to raising awareness of the requirement for 8,600 more foster families to meet the needs of vulnerable children and young people across the UK.
We want to go one step further this year and encourage even more people to discover the rewarding benefits of life as a foster carer.
Our team will be on hand to provide you with lots of information and to answer all of your questions. We are even able to offer anyone who would like a meeting with our team to discuss fostering in person, whether this be a chat in your local coffee shop or in the comfort of your own home. The National Fostering Group are here to help!
Communicating fostering facts
Because many of the children and young people we care for are from various cultural and societal backgrounds, we want this Fostering February to be all about communicating inclusivity when it comes to enquiring to foster with us. We want to encourage people that their ethnicity, marital status, sexual orientation, whether they are a disabled person, rent or own their own home or even have pets will not be discriminated against during their application; the most important aspect is whether you can meet the specific needs of a child or young person in your care.
To watch our latest campaign video, with our inspirational foster carers, click here
Making a difference
To showcase the enormous influence that being a foster carer can have on the lives of children and young people needing a foster family, we spoke to NFA Wales foster carer Julie from Cardiff, who’s inspiring story details how having caring parental role models can prepare the younger generation for the challenges of life.
“Because we were new foster carers, the last thing I wanted to do was find that I’d bitten off more than I could chew. It was very important that it worked for everybody involved’, said Julie.
“We eventually decided to foster Jake as it sounded like it would be a really good fit for everybody. He came to the house with his foster carer at the time and his siblings. We had a chat and it felt good. He was 11 at the time, but I saw this lovely boy who was very unsure, very uncertain – and my heart just went out to him”.
‘I think that going with an independent fostering agency gave us the support we needed – and gave us the consistency that we as a fostering family needed to be able to help Jake’.
‘He started college in September and has really embraced bus travel and has this new found fondness for independence, which is lovely to see develop’.
‘He’s grown into a really lovely young man. He still pushes the boundaries as he’s 17, but all in all I’m really proud of him’.
Anyone interested in finding out more about becoming a foster carer and contributing to the significant difference we make each day to the lives of children and young people or to arrange to meet us at a town or city of their choosing please complete our form here.