The Foster Care Fortnight was a great success in Stockport, following an increase in foster carers’ enquires by 34 per cent for the first quarter by comparison to last year.
Stockport council has been supporting Foster Care Fortnight and the regional You Can Foster recruitment drive with the message ‘do something incredible’, in a bid to recruit more foster carers in the Stockport district.
Jason Brooks, a local Stockport foster carer who was involved in the regional You Can Foster event, has produced a video highlighting the positive aspects of fostering for your local authority and being able to work locally within the community with our Stockport children. Jason openly states
Since May this year, the fostering service has been actively meeting Stockport residents at fostering stalls in the precinct, at Costa Coffee and at a regional event with other local authorities to encourage local residents to consider fostering in Stockport.
Councillor Colin Foster, Stockport Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Family Services, said:
“Foster placements are at the heart of our strategy to support families that are struggling and to protect children. We are committed to recruiting more foster carers for children of all ages but in particular people who can open their heart, and their homes, to vulnerable older children and young people who need support at a critical point in their young lives.
“Stockport is also delighted to be supporting the You Can Foster regional campaign, which is a good opportunity to raise awareness of fostering for our local authority. I would encourage anyone interested in becoming a foster carer to contact the Council’s fostering team for more information.”
The fostering team hold monthly open evenings at Stockport Town Hall for people interested in the different types of fostering schemes.
The next open evening is taking place on Tuesday 1st August at Stockport Town Hall, the event commences at 6PM and is set to finish at 7:30PM.
For additional information on fostering in Stockport, visit the Council’s website.