Foster carers are needed across Derbyshire to look after vulnerable children now more than ever.
The Fostering Network launched its annual ‘Foster Care Fortnight’ campaign this week - designed to raise awareness, recruit more foster carers and appreciate the essential work they do to look after children in care.
The national campaign shines a light on the need to find loving homes for the children in its care.
Under the promotional messages ‘Foster care transforms lives’ and #ThisIsFostering, this year’s campaign will feature inspirational foster carer images and stories to highlight how fostering changes children’s lives – and changes lives for carers too.
A member of the Fostering Network, Derbyshire County Council is supporting the campaign, which runs until Sunday 24 May.
Cllr Alex Dale, Cabinet Member for Young People, said: "As a leading fostering agency we fully support Foster Care Fortnight – its message is more important this year than ever.
"The coronavirus outbreak and the impact of self-isolation has made some children even more vulnerable and want to ensure we have enough carers available when children need them.
"Our foster carers do an amazing job playing a vital role in transforming lives for the children in our care for which I’d like to say a huge thank you.
"I’d urge anyone who feels they could foster to apply for an assessment – which we’re still carrying out using video call technology – and play an important part in changing a child’s life for the better as well as changing theirs too."
Derbyshire foster carers do not need any special qualifications, they just need to:
- Be aged 21 or over with no upper age limit
- Have a spare room
- Go through a few initial checks before they are assessed
- Have some experience of caring for children
The county council say it will consider foster carers who are:
- Of any sexual orientation or gender identity
- Married, single, in a civil partnership, living with a partner, divorced or widowed
- A home-owner or renting
- Of any religion or no religion
- Employed or not working
- Of any ethnicity
- With or without children already
- With children still living at home
Derbyshire foster carers are given full training and support, a wide range of benefits and a competitive package of financial support once they are approved.
Find out more about Foster Care Fortnight #FCF20 and the Fostering Network by visiting www.thefosteringnetwork.org.uk.
People can find out more about fostering for Derbyshire County Council and apply at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/fostering.