Time to foster
During this year’s Foster Care Fortnight (16-29 May), Flintshire Fostering
Service wants to raise awareness of the need for people who can care for
children over 10 years old.
In the last 12 months, 69 more children have needed foster care in Flintshire.
This is on top of the over 100 children already living with Flintshire carers
and their beds are full.
Flintshire Fostering Service will be holding an information session on
Thursday, 26 May at 7pm at the Springfield Hotel near Holywell including a
presentation about becoming a foster carer. Contact Flintshire Fostering team
on 01352 702190 or email email@example.com if you would like to
Flintshire County Councils Cabinet Member for Social Services, Councillor
Christine Jones, said:
“The majority of children needing foster care in the last year have been over
10 years old. We need people whose own children have grown up and left home,
who can use their experience to give the same chances in life to another child.
“Young people need someone to listen, spend time with them, help them to catch
up on their education, inspire them to work hard and prepare them for life on
“Foster carers speak of the little achievements that mean a lot when caring for
a young person; getting on a bus by themselves, teaching them to drive, showing
them how to apply make-up nicely, the joy of watching them do well in sports
and sitting round the table for dinner.”
Foster carers are needed to help children from North Wales. Local training and
events are on offer as well as the support of an experienced local team, with
local knowledge. Over 100 families trust Flintshire Fostering Service to
support them, match them with the right children and continue to foster with
their local council year after year.
Every 20 minutes across the UK a child comes into care in need of a foster
family. This year’s Foster Care Fortnight campaign “Time to Foster, Time to
Care”, run by the Fostering Network, aims to encourage people who may have been
thinking about fostering for a number of years to come forward. Now is the time
to foster…now is the time to care.
Here is Megan’s story. She is 16 and living in foster care in Flintshire.
Megan wanted to share her story to show the difference fostering has made to
her life and how it could help others:
“I was going down the wrong path, running away all the time, getting into
trouble and always angry with people. Then they put me in foster care and it’s
actually done me good to be in foster care. It was a bit awkward at first
because I didn’t know them, but they were really nice. They said they wanted me
to be like part of the family. Children need a family, someone to love them,
care for them and listen. Someone my age needs someone to be there for them,
look out for them and tell them what’s right and what’s wrong.
“We go for a meal or a day out. We go to the pictures or in the summer we go to
the beach. We go shopping together, we do different things as a family. Some
weekends we have games nights and a takeaway.
“They’ve taught me how to love people, because I thought I could never love a
family, and never be loved. They’ve taught me how to wash my clothes, how to
iron and that I’m capable of doing things.
“Everyone thought I’d never make it, but I don’t see that anymore, I see me
having my own little family, settling down, getting a nice job and my own
little flat, and just being a better person than anyone thought I’d be.
“This is my family now. I have a family here if I ever need them so I know I’ll
have a good future.”
Flintshire County Council’s Chief Officer for Social Services, Neil Ayling,
“It takes 12 months to become a foster carer. We spend time assessing your
skills and strengths, getting to know you and preparing you for your role as a
foster carer and the possible challenges ahead.
You can get in touch in so many ways, send us an email
firstname.lastname@example.org, text foster to 61211, Facebook (search
Flintshire Fostering), visit our website at www.flintshirefostering.org.uk or
pick up the phone 01352 702190. We will have live chat on our website
throughout foster care fortnight if you just want to ask a question and we hold
information sessions almost every month. All details are on our website.