More foster carers are needed to take care of children in Eastbourne and Willingdon, said Caroline Ansell MP this week.
The MP is backing the The Fostering Network’s annual Foster Care Fortnight campaign (June 1-14) and calling on people to help.
This year alone more than 8,000 foster carers are needed around the country to look after vulnerable children.
Caroline, who is the MP for Eastbourne and Willingdon said, “I’m delighted to support Foster Care Fortnight.
“With more children coming into care each year, we need to put out the call to local people and raise awareness around this hugely important role, and ask, ‘Are they in a position to open their heart, and their homes, to children and young people who need support at a critical point in their young lives?’
“Childhood is precious, and its effects can last a lifetime – for better and worse.
“Foster carers can be the difference for those who haven’t had the best start.”
“I know it can be an incredibly enriching experience for the foster parent too.”
Caroline said some of her friends in Eastbourne had recently been approved as foster carers.
They told her how much they had gained from training with the local authority and how their first foster child has been such a blessing to them.
Caroline added, “It’s inspiring and I hope may inspire others to find out more. It could be the start of something extraordinary.”
This year a total of 8,370 new foster carers are needed right across the UK to ensure that the rising number of children coming into care can have the best chance of a positive future.
More than 63,000 children live with almost 55,000 foster families across the UK each day.
There is a particular need for foster carers to look after teenagers, disabled children and sibling groups.
The lack of foster carers means that children may end up far from home, be split up from brothers and sisters or lose touch with family and friends.
The MP said all children were unique so a diverse foster carer population was needed to provide the best home to help each child flourish and fulfil their potential.
Caroline’s friends, who are newly approved foster parents and have welcomed their first foster child into their family, said,“Our experience of fostering has been entirely positive and we hope that we can continue to support many children to build positive lives.
“Foster parents are a much needed service locally in Eastbourne to meet the needs of many truly deserving young people.”
If you would like to find out more about providing a loving home to children and young people in foster care, then visit www.fostering.net
In the South East region 8,720 children are in foster care.
The Fostering Network said children came into care for a range of reasons, including a family member’s short-term illness or a parent’s depression or drug or alcohol misuse. It said some children may have been abused or neglected.
Foster carers can give families a chance to sort out their problems by providing children with a home and supportive family for as long as they need.
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