Bestselling author and foster carer Cathy Glass and award winning television presenter Gabby Logan are both calling on people to get involved with this year’s Foster Care Fortnight – run by charity the Fostering Network – and see whether they’ve got the skills needed to support and guide a vulnerable child through their most difficult days.
The annual campaign highlights the incredible work that foster carers do, and aims to raise awareness of the need for 8,600 new foster carers across the UK so that every child coming into foster care can be placed with the right foster carer, who can meet their needs in an appropriate location, first time.
Cathy Glass said: “You don’t have to be married, own your home or have your own children to foster, but you do need empathy, patience and love.
“If you have room in your home and heart, why not think about fostering? I did - over 25 years ago - and it was the best decision I ever made. That’s why I’m supporting the Fostering Network’s Foster Care Fortnight campaign again this year.”
Gabby Logan said: “I am always proud to support the Fostering Network's Foster Care Fortnight campaign. Foster carers are incredible people who dedicate their lives to vulnerable children, but throughout the country there are still many teenagers, disabled children and sibling groups who need a loving home.
“If you think you have the skills to make a difference to the life of a child and help to ensure that they are on a positive path in life, contact your local fostering service this Foster Care Fortnight.”
This year the theme of Foster Care Fortnight is "guess who fosters", with the aim of smashing stereotypes about who can and can't foster, and highlighting the skills and qualities actually needed to become a foster carer.
Find out more about fostering and find details of your local fostering services by visiting couldyoufoster.org.uk
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