Bradford Celebrates Foster Care Fortnight
Bradford Council’s fostering service is all set to play its part in a national campaign to raise the profile of fostering and to show how foster care can transforms the lives of looked after children in the district.
Foster Care Fortnight 2018, which is the UK’s biggest foster carer recruitment campaign, takes place 14th – 27th May.
A number of initiatives and events are to be delivered over the two weeks which aim to celebrate all the great work of foster carers in the district, dispel myths and talk to people who are interested in fostering.
Alongside social media, poster and radio campaigns, a team from Fostering in Bradford will be getting out and about, making themselves available at supermarkets, coffee shops and council facilities. Their team of runners and supporters will also take over the Horton Park Run on Saturday 19th May. If anyone wants to join them, entries into the run are still being accepted.
There will also be an art competition for all the district’s looked after children, including those in fostering households. Entries of paintings or drawings of what makes their family special can be submitted up until 25th May.
Councillor Adrian Farley, council Executive member with responsibility for Children’s Social Care, said “Foster care makes a huge difference to the lives of foster children and young people so it’s important we highlight all the great work that currently goes on in the district.
“Foster Care Fortnight in Bradford will also raise the profile of fostering and the need for more carers from all sections of society. There’s a shortage of full time and part time carers, in particular for brothers and sisters that need to stay together, teenagers and children with disabilities. You can even become a carer just at evenings and weekends.
“We also want to hear about how rewarding fostering has been for existing foster families, so share your story on Twitter or Instagram using the hash tags #ProudtoFoster and #FosteringBradford”
Anyone interested in fostering a child should call 01274 434444 or complete the form at www.fosterbradford.co.uk, where anonymous profiles of real children in need of care are featured.
Fostering in Bradford will be available at these venues during Foster Care Fortnight:
Week 1 (14-19 May)
Monday 14 May, 10am-2pm, Tesco Extra, Great Horton Road, BD7 4EY
Tuesday 15 May, 11am-2pm, Airedale Shopping Centre, Keighley, BD21 3QQ
Wednesday 16 May, 10am-2pm, Asda, Rooley Lane, BD4 7SR
Thursday 17 May, 10am-12noon, Costa Coffee, Shipley, BD18 3QD
Saturday 19 May, 9-10.30am, Horton Park, Park Run Event, BD7 3BL
Week 2 (21-27 May)
Monday 21 May, 10am-12noon, Costa Coffee, Bingley, BD16 1GL
Tuesday 22 May, 10am-2pm, Morrisons, Thornbury, BD3 7HS
Friday 25 May, 11am-2pm, Margaret McMillan Towers, Reception, BD1 1NN
Foster Care Fortnight was established nearly 20 years ago by the charity The Fostering Network.
Nationally, over 7,000 new foster families are needed in the next 12 months alone to care for a range of children, with the greatest need being for foster carers for older children, sibling groups and disabled children.
Bradford Celebrates Foster Care Fortnight, 11th May 2018, 12:30 PM