Foster Care Fortnight 2017 is taking place from Monday 8 to Sunday 21 May.
What is Foster Care Fortnight?
Foster Care Fortnight is the UK’s biggest foster care awareness raising campaign, delivered by leading fostering charity, The Fostering Network. The campaign showcases the commitment, passion and dedication of foster carers – Kindercare Fostering are fully supporting this campaign.
There is a need to raise the awareness of at least 7,180 new foster care families required throughout the UK in the next 12 months. Carers are required to care for a range of children, with the greatest need being for foster carers for older children, sibling groups, disabled children and unaccompanied asylum seeking children.
Foster care transforms lives
The overarching theme of Foster Care Fortnight is ‘foster care transforms lives’. Like the Fostering Network, we are passionate about the difference that foster care makes to the lives of fostered children and young people, and Foster Care Fortnight is an excellent opportunity to showcase that difference. But foster care doesn’t just transform the lives of the young people who are fostered, it also has the power to change the lives of foster carers, their families and all those who are involved in fostering. Foster Care Fortnight shares the stories of people who have had their lives transformed by foster care, and by doing so to raise the profile of fostering and the need for more foster carers.
Spread the word
One of the aims of Foster Care Fortnight is to raise the profile of fostering and the transformational power of foster care. We often find that existing foster carers are the best advert for fostering, so if you are a foster carer or are part of a fostering family please help spread the word.
Tell others your fostering story. Encourage them to find out more by visiting our website.
The hashtags used during Foster Care Fortnight 2017 are #FCF17, #ProudToFoster, #ProudToSupportFostering.
We encourage everyone to download and print off a placard, take a photo of you and/or your family and share them online using the hashtags.
Could you foster?
One of the main aims of Foster Care Fortnight is to encourage more people to consider becoming a foster carer.
Do you have the skills and qualities to be one of the thousands of people we need to come forward to foster?
Do you have the skills and qualities fostering services are looking for?
Will you be attending any local events for Foster Care Fortnight?