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08 May 2018

Foster carers in Barrow share their ‘reasons to foster’ in new Cumbria County Council campaign

Foster carers from Barrow have added their voices to Cumbria County Council’s ‘Five Reasons to Foster’ campaign launched today (Tuesday May 8th).

The campaign aims to recruit up to 20 more carers across the south of the county by emphasising the many reasons to foster and the rewards which fostering brings.

Carers from Walney and Barrow have shared their reasons for fostering in a series of short videos to be shown online and on social media, as part of the three week campaign which incorporates Foster Care Fortnight from May 14th to 27th.

County council foster carers Claire and Chris Wilson from Walney, who have three children of their own, both take part in the current campaign.

Talking about their reasons to foster, Chris says: “We chose to foster because we want to make a difference to children’s lives.

“To see them grow and develop and provide somewhere to call home at the hardest time in their lives is just so rewarding.”

The couple, who have been fostering for five years, care for babies under two-years-old.

Claire explains what it means to her to foster:  “I never thought it was possible to love someone else’s child as much as your own. I’m surprised every time where the love comes from. Being a foster carer takes a special kind of person, you have to be prepared for the good, the bad, and everything in between, and if you can do that you’ll have no regrets!

“The memories you create and the bonds you make, help with the difficult days. Saying goodbye to the children will never get any easier; the day it does will be time for me to stop fostering because I know if my heart isn’t broken, then I haven’t given that child my all, and every child deserves nothing less.

“I feel honoured to be a carer. I love children and it completely tears me apart thinking about all the children who need a safe, loving home.”

Cllr Anne Burns, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said:

“As our foster carers highlight in their videos there are so many reasons to foster - not least the difference you can make to the lives of vulnerable children in your local area.

“They also talk about the reasons to foster with the council, rather than going down another route, and these reasons include the amazing support you get from our team of social workers, as well as mentoring from our carers and a generous financial package - we have recently doubled our fees for foster carers.

“I would urge anyone who is considering fostering to find out more about fostering with us by attending an upcoming information event in their area.”

The council currently supports  around 70  foster carers in the Barrow area but urgently needs more people to come forward to offer safe and caring homes to local children who, for a variety of reasons, can no longer be cared for by their own families.

If you think you have room in your life and your home, then why not become part of Cumbria’s biggest family? Council foster carers benefit from having a team of locally-based social workers on call 24 hours a day, as well as access to specialist services when they need them and a network of support from other local carers. In addition to this they receive ongoing training, opportunities for development and generous fees and allowances for each child in their care.

If you are considering fostering with Cumbria County Council, why not attend an upcoming drop in session or information event?:

  • Saturday May 19th - Information Event at the Hotel Imperial on Cornwallis Street, Barrow - starts 2pm.
  • Friday May 24th - Fostering drop-in event at Millom’s Guide Hall, St George’s Road, Millom - from 12pm to 2pm.

For more information go to cumbria.gov.uk/fostering or call 0303 333 1216.



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Foster carers from Barrow have added their voices to Cumbria County Council’s ‘Five Reasons to Foster’ campaign launched today (Tuesday May 8th).