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Sefton Celebrates Foster Care Fortnight

It’s Foster Care Fortnight! Sefton Council is urging local people to ask themselves whether they could give a loving and stable home to a child by fostering for Sefton.

Running from Monday 10th to Sunday 23rd May, Foster Care Fortnight is the UK’s biggest fostering campaign. It also gives us the opportunity to say a big ‘Thank you’ to the whole of our fostering community for all their hard work and dedication during what has been such a difficult time.

In line with this year’s theme #WhyWeCare, we will be sharing video’s which include people from our fostering family, talking about “Why We Care”. The celebration will also include a virtual event for our fabulous carers to get together and win some brilliant prizes donated by local businesses.

On the 20th May, we’re on the move with our campaign as our carers, care leavers and staff climb on board the ‘Pride of Sefton’ canal boat, to take a journey along Liverpool’s waterways from Stanley Dock at the Titanic to the Mann Island, spreading our message as we go.

Sefton Council Chief Executive Dwayne Johnson says, “I would like to say a massive ‘Thank you’ to our dedicated foster carers who are doing an amazing job in making sure our children are supported emotionally and educationally and to our staff who are with our foster carers every step of the way.

“I have some personal experience as my mother grew up in care and said the turning point in her life was when she was fostered at 12 years old. She went on to have a fulfilled and successful life and says she owes a lot of that to her foster parents.”

Sue and Derek are a couple, but Sue has been fostering for 18 years and Derek is newly approved. Sue says. “I see the impact I’m having when children become happier and relaxed. They begin to see a future and develop ambitions and goals. It’s a great feeling when you know you’ve made a difference.”

Derek says, “I fell in love with Sue and with fostering and I’m the happiest I’ve ever been. With guidance from the team, the recruitment process was straight forward. If you’re thinking about fostering please go for it, it’ll be the best thing you’ll ever do”

Sasha, now in her twenties, was fostered when she was 8 years old when her parents’ relationship broke down and they were unable to care for her.

She says, “I want to help raise awareness about fostering and let people know that being loved and having a sense of belonging can turn a child’s life around. I hope I am an inspiration to other children in care because with my determination and support I went on to get 3 degrees at University and see a great future for myself. Without this support I really don’t know where I would be.”