#changeafuture during Foster Care Fortnight

Foster Care Fortnight takes place this year from 13–26 May. The campaign is a chance for Bexley to recognise all those carers that do such a fantastic job for local young people and to put the call out for anyone interested in finding out more about this fantastic career.

 

This year the campaign is focusing on how foster carers can #changeafuture.

Fostering Fortnight poster

 

At any one time Bexley has more than 100 children and young people in need of a foster placement. Placements can be long or short-term. Some of our foster carers are part-time and some are full-time. A foster carer can be single, married, straight or gay. Like the children that need their help, no two foster carers are the same.

 

Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Cllr Philip Read said: “There are many reasons why they may need to leave their family home but all our young people are looking for a safe place, somewhere they can feel secure and settled. If you feel you have got what it takes to provide this, then get in touch and speak to the team. By stepping in and filling that gap you really could change a future.”

 

Bexley Foster Carer Jill Harradine is approved to foster three children at any time. She looks after children aged 0-10.  Jill says: “While it can be demanding and challenging at times, when I put my head on the pillow at night I know there is nothing I would rather be doing. It’s the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done and it is wonderful seeing the difference you can make.”

 

If you are interested in fostering and would like to find out more about the process, payments and support on offer, call 020 3045 4400 or email fostering@bexley.gov.uk

 

Hear from some of our existing carers