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Monday, May 26, 2014

Campaign aims to attract more foster carers

A campaign aimed at attracting more foster carers for children and young people has been launched by Denbighshire County Council.

The 'Love Fostering' campaign is a multi-media campaign that includes a new information website, promotional banners and booklets. The campaign aims to increase the number of applications and enquiries received about fostering in the county and to promote the benefits of fostering county-wide.

Staff from the Council's Fostering team will also be out and about in events around the county over the coming months, promoting the benefits of fostering and encourage people to consider making a difference to the life of a child or children in Denbighshire.

Councillor Bobby Feeley, Cabinet Lead Member for Social Care, Adult and Children's Services, said: "Fostering is a way of offering children and young people a home, someone to care for them while their own family are unable to look after them, This can be for a variety of reasons, including neglect, illness or family breakdown.

"Foster carers in Denbighshire are asked to provide a safe, secure and nurturing environment, either short or long term. while helping children and young people to keep in contact with their families and friends.  This can mean anything from one night to a number of years or permanent, depending on the children's needs.

"Fostering can involve looking after children of all ages, from babies,. teenagers to young adults. People can choose what age range of children they are able to support and they are able to change which type of fostering they offer to children as their own circumstances change or their skills and confidence increase.

"We have some great examples of people in Denbighshire that have fostered children and they have made an enormous difference to that child's life. It can be extremely rewarding for both foster carers and the children and we will provide support and guidance every step of the way."

There are a number of differing types of fostering including general fostering (short and long term), respite care to allow other carers to take a break from their duties , short break care to support families who have children with disabilities, support care to enable families to overcome difficult periods in their lives and emergency foster care that can see children placed at very short notice.

To find out more, please visit www.lovefostering.co.uk or call 0800 7313215. 

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