Meet the foster carers who make a difference to young peoples’ lives

‘CHANGE a future’ is the latest campaign from Staffordshire County Council’s Fostering Service to help find families for some of the county’s most vulnerable children.

Foster carers Sandra and Brian Thompson, Siobhan Palmer-Burke, Emma Howitt and Terry McDermott from Staffordshire’s Fostering Service, and foster carer Jackie Meredith

The rallying call comes alongside Foster Care Fortnight, the national campaign to highlight the urgent need for more foster carers which starts on Monday, May 13. Staffordshire foster carers will officially launch their campaign live on Facebook from Market Square in Stafford on the day at 12.30pm.

A series of countywide roadshows and events will also help highlight the need for more local families while a new animated video will highlight the difference that foster families can make.

Every year, tens of thousands of children across the UK need someone to provide foster care and in Staffordshire alone, 60 more foster families need to be found this year.

Mark Sutton, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People at Staffordshire County Council said:“Changing a future is our theme for this year’s campaign and we hope that by showing people the difference that foster carers can make to a young person’s life, the more people will come forward.

“We all want to see children and young people get the best possible start in life and be able to realise their dreams, and that’s exactly what you could do as an approved foster carer for your local council. Continuity is so important for a child – including access to their extended family, friends and school so it’s vital we have a steady flow of local foster carers.

“All sorts of people can and do foster with us and you’re never on your own. There’s always advice on hand and lots of training available, so please get in touch if you think you can make a difference.”

Throughout the fortnight, Staffordshire’s foster carers will be calling in at the following towns between 10am-2pm:

  • Monday 13 May, Market Square, Stafford
  • Tuesday 14 May, Leek (outside co-op bank)
  • Wednesday 15 May, Market Square, Lichfield
  • Thursday 16 May, Coopers Square carpark, Burton
  • Friday 17 May, Dovefields, Uttoxeter
  • Monday 20 May, Outside St. Edithas Church, Tamworth
  • Tuesday 21 May, Cheadle (back of Barclays)
  • Wednesday 22 May, Stone High Street (outside B&M)
  • Thursday 23 May, Market Square, Cannock