In England on 31 March this year 53,420 children were living with 44,625 foster families.
If these numbers strike you as surprisingly high, it turns out they are not high enough. The Fostering Network, a charity that supports foster carers, estimates that almost 6,000 foster families must be recruited during the next year in order to meet increasing demand.
Wirral is no exception and if anyone reading this has been thinking about fostering or just wants to know more, you can drop-in for an informal chat with an experienced carer at Seacombe Children’s Centre, St Paul’s Road, Seacombe, on Monday, October 16, from 10am – 11.30am.
You’ll be able to find out more about fostering and the application process, plus tips on preparing for your first foster child – and anything else you need to know to get a better idea of what’s involved and if the challenge is one you can accept.
Cllr Bernie Mooney, Wirral’s Cabinet member for Children and Families, said: “Our foster carers are great ambassadors and are very passionate about how rewarding a career in fostering can be. They see first hand the difference they can make to a child’s or young person’s life.
“This is a great opportunity for anyone who has been considering a career in fostering to drop in and have an informal chat with them to find out more about the day to day role of a foster carer.”
If you can’t make the drop-in, call 0151 666 4510 to arrange a chat with a Wirral foster carer, or click or tap here to find out more.