Posted on: Thursday 7 May 2020
For the next two weeks we are celebrating Foster Care Fortnight, which runs from 11-24 May. The UK Wide campaign sets out to celebrate the devotion of foster carers and the positive impact that they have on society.
This year we have joined together with local authorities across Gwent to create a whole host of social media content that recognises the vital work of our foster carers, which is particularly important during this hugely challenging time.
The challenge set out by the Fostering Network charity at the start of 2020 was to recruit a further 550 foster families over the course of the year. This remains the goal for local authority fostering teams who have diversified their existing practices to work towards the target.
Torfaen Executive Member for Children, Families & Communities, Councillor Fiona Cross said,
‘I’m always humbled by those who chose to open up their hearts and homes to children in need of fostering. Their contribution and commitment should never be underestimated nor the positive impact a foster carer can have on a young life.
This is a stressful time for everyone but it is especially difficult for families that were already struggling before the outbreak. Our priority is the safety and wellbeing of our children. Now more than ever we need people to come forward and become foster carers.’
The team are still taking enquiries from those who have an interest in becoming a foster carer or would just like some advice about how to take the first step, please visit: www.torfaen.gov.uk/fostering