Foster families needed to for some of the county’s most vulnerable children

‘NO Myths, No Ifs, No Buts…’ is the latest campaign to help find foster families for some of the county’s most vulnerable children.

The latest campaign, being led by Staffordshire foster carers aims to find families for the 1,200 children now in the county council’s care.

As part of the month-long campaign, the team have set out to help bust some of the commonly held myths putting people off fostering.

Some of the most commonly held myths around fostering are that, you need to be married, you need lots of experience and skills, you can’t have any animals and you need a big house none of which are true.

Mark Sutton, cabinet member for Children and Young People at Staffordshire County Council said: “With children back in school for the new term and teenagers flying the nest and off to university, it can be a good time to think about doing something different and that could mean being a foster carer.

“Our foster carers regularly tell us that fostering is an amazing thing to do but we know there are still lots of myths out there putting people off. For example, people think you need to be married, own your own home and you can’t own a pet, all of which are false.

“That’s why we’re busting those popular myths and trying to encourage more families to come forward. We know that fostering gives most children the best chance of a happy life, so it’s vital we have local foster carers to give them that opportunity.

“We’ll be busting a myth each day on social media, and you can help us to spread the word by liking and sharing our posts. And, if you’ve already thought about fostering before then coming along to one of our informal information events is a great way of taking that first step.”

As part of the campaign, a series of coffee mornings and information events with current foster carers will also be taking place at the following locations:

  • Friday, September 13, 10am-12pm: Costa Coffee (near M & S), Ventura Retail Park, Tamworth,
  • Thursday, September 19, 7pm: Staffordshire County Council, No.1 Staffordshire Place, Tipping Street, Stafford,
  • Friday, September 20, 10am-12pm:, Costa Coffee, 28 Market Place, Leek,
  • Friday, September 27, 10am-2pm: Costa Coffee, Queens Retail Park, Stafford,
  • Wednesday, October 9, 7pm: Castle Hotel, Lady Bank, Tamworth.
  • Staffordshire Moorlands foster family Nicola and Matt Bradley along with their 7-year-old daughter Amelia specialise in fostering sibling groups and said: “We’ve been fostering for six years now and have loved every minute of it. I think it’s important that siblings stay together and it’s fabulous to watch them grow up together.
    “Fostering is something that will change your life and if you are thinking about it then I would encourage you to get in touch and take that first step”.

For information about fostering with Staffordshire County Council visit www.care4child.org/fostering