People interested in fostering are being asked to help give a child a new start in 2021 as part of a new campaign from Stafford County Council.
Every day in Staffordshire more than 700 children live with over 420 foster families because they are unable to live at home. Some of the children may have experienced neglect and abuse, or have witnessed domestic violence or substance misuse. Whatever their experiences, all of them will be suffering the trauma of being separated from their own families and will need love, support and stability.
This is where foster carers can help, says Staffordshire County Council’s Fostering Service who are behind the latest new year drive. One couple making a difference are Ashleigh and Tom;
‘Ashleigh, 28 and Tom, 29 became approved short-term task centred foster carers in April 2020 and live in Burton Upon Trent. Ashleigh always wanted to be a foster carer following a background of working with children and families in foster care and witnessing the impacts that foster carers can have.
During the pandemic they have cared for and supported the transition of a child to their adoptive home. They found this extremely rewarding as they have watched a child grow and develop as well as a new family being made. This has been a highlight in such unprecedented times.’
Their advice to anyone thinking of fostering is,
“Go for it and make those inquiries – it will be the best decision you will make!”
Call 0800 169 2061 or visit fosterforstaffordshire.gov.uk