Plea for foster carers to come forward

The latest phase in a drive to recruit much needed foster carers in Liverpool is getting underway.

The city has almost 1,000 looked after children – and needs to add many more foster carers to its team to make sure the most vulnerable youngsters are cared for in a loving home.

As part of Foster Care Fortnight, the city’s social care team will be out and about around Liverpool from Monday 13 May encouraging people to consider taking in a child.

They will be at a range of Lifestyles fitness centres from 9:30am – noon every morning during the first week, handing out information and answering questions. You can find them at the following locations:

Monday 13 May Lifestyles Ellergreen, Carr Lane, Norris Green
Tuesday 14 May Lifestyles Garston, Long Lane, Garston
Wednesday 15 May Lifestyles Peter Lloyd, Bankfield Road, West Derby
Thursday 16 May Liverpool Aquatics Centre, Wellington Road, Wavertree
Friday 17 May Lifestyles Park Road, Steble Street, Toxteth

And on Tuesday 21 May they are holding a coffee morning at the Bistro at the Bluecoat Chambers on School Lane in the city centre from 9am until noon where existing foster carers will also be on hand to answer questions.

Councillor Jane Corbett, Cabinet member for education, said: “Fostering a child is so rewarding. All you need is a good heart and a loving home.

“Foster carers tell us that fostering not only changes children’s lives, it changes theirs for the better as well.

“We need to find happy homes for children of all ages. And we’re looking for foster carers of all backgrounds, whether you’re single, married, or living with a partner.”

“If you have a warm heart, the time and opportunity to devote to turning a local child’s life around, please come along to one of the events or get in touch.”

People can visit http://www.fosteringforliverpool.co.uk to find out more or call the recruitment line on 0151 515 0000.

Foster carers need to be aged over 21, but there is no upper age limit. They can be single, married or co-habiting, straight or gay.