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You really can make a difference

You really can make a difference

11 January 2017
Photo of a foster carer and her family

There are children and young people in our Borough right now looking for a loving home, and the chance to reach their potential.

Catherine is one of our foster carers who does just that. For the past eight years she's been opening up her home to boys and girls of all ages - from a baby only days-old to 18-year-old teenagers. Some carers are supported to care for children in a specific group that suits their family.

"My husband is one of seven and my parents were foster carers, so I grew up with it," she said. "We enjoy everything about being foster carers; the fun, the ups and downs, we love seeing them grow.

"Not only do they become part of our family, but by remaining in the Borough it means these vulnerable young people can still see their family and friends and not be forced to leave their existing schools.

"That's why the Council is looking for more foster carers. They offer excellent support and you get all the training you need. I trust them, and that's very important."

We need foster carers from all walks of life. If you are over 21 and have a spare room, there are no restrictions on profession, gender or marital status. What's important is that you offer a safe, warm and happy family life, commitment and security.