This week marks the start of the annual Foster Care Fortnight and this year Calderdale Council is focusing on recruiting more foster carers for teenagers.
Foster Care Fortnight, from May 16 to May 29, is The Fostering Network’s national campaign to raise the profile of fostering.
Over the last few years the Council has been successful in recruiting foster carers across Calderdale. This means that children and young people have been able to stay close to home.
But more foster carers are needed, especially for teenagers, so the council is launching a major campaign to encourage people to come forward to foster teens.
Councillor Megan Swift, Calderdale Council’s cabinet member for children and young people’s services, said: “Nationally there is a shortage of foster carers for teenagers, and Calderdale is no exception.
“Teenagers are sometimes overlooked by potential foster carers.
“There is often a misconception that they could be a handful, but that is rarely the case. Many have not had a settled life and just want a family that can give them the love, trust and support that can help them achieve their potential.
“Our campaign emphasises this point with key messages such as ‘some see a handful, you see potential’ and ‘some see trouble, you see hope’.
“Fostering teenagers can be immensely rewarding and we have a number of families in Calderdale already doing this successfully.”
The council’s fostering team will be out in force over the summer, attending events and festivals to spread the message.
Visit www.calderdale.gov.uk/fostering for more information.