Give the gift of a brighter future by fostering

As we enter the season of joy and goodwill, Wakefield Council is calling for more potential foster carers to come forward and give the ‘gift’ of a brighter future to a local child.

Foster carers are needed across the Wakefield district, so the Council’s ‘Be My Carer’ campaign is adopting a seasonal spin by using Christmas puns and imagery to capture attention and encourage more people to consider becoming foster carers.

Margaret Isherwood smiling
Cllr Margaret Isherwood

The Council’s fostering Facebook page @roominwakefield will also be showcasing ’12 reasons to foster’ as a twist on the classic 12 days of Christmas song in the run up to Christmas Day.

Cllr Margaret Isherwood, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “Foster carers make a huge difference to the lives of 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.

“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.”

Anyone over the age of 21, whatever their marital status, sexuality, religious or cultural background, or whether or not they have children, can become a foster carer. Specific qualifications or experience isn’t required, and support and training will be provided.

For more information about fostering and to make an enquiry, visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/fostering or call the team for a chat on 0800 197 0320.