Foster4YourCouncil launches in Yorkshire

Foster4YourCouncil is a new partnership which includes Wakefield Council and seven other Yorkshire Council Fostering Departments – Leeds, Kirklees, Bradford, Calderdale, North Yorkshire, York and Hull.

They have all come together to encourage people and families across the county to consider part time and full time paid fostering in their local communities. As all are councils, they are run by and for the people of Yorkshire.

Margaret Isherwood smiling
Cllr Margaret Isherwood

By fostering for your Council you ensure that children and young people in care can continue to live within their communities, staying close to birth families and attending their local schools. All Council fostering departments are 100% not for profit ensuring all resources are spent on supporting children in care and their carers. 

Cllr Margaret Isherwood, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “This new partnership has a really important and powerful role to play. We want people to know how valued foster carers are to us and the huge impact their role makes on children and young people, and our communities.

“Being a foster carer provides a home for a child or young person, whether that be in the long or short term, or emergency care, and provides invaluable love and stability.

“These uncertain times have given an opportunity for many of us to reflect on what really matters most to us. If you are drawn towards caring for others and have been thinking about becoming a foster carer please get in touch with us.

“Our fostering team are here to support you every step of the way.”

The Foster4YourCouncil.org website will be launched on 1 August 2021 (Yorkshire Day) with joint online recruitment events and a celebratory event being held in 2021 and 2022. The councils involved hope that by working together in positive partnership, they can encourage more people and families to consider and come forward to foster the most vulnerable children.

If you are considering fostering or know somebody who is, they can visit www.Foster4YourCouncil.org for more information and to register their interest.