Star of stage, screen and song sheet, and son of foster carers, Gareth Gates, is once again calling on people who may have the skills to foster to come forward and provide a loving and secure home for a vulnerable child.
Looking back on his formative years growing up in a fostering family, Gareth said:
"Fostering has always been a part of my life. My parents have fostered over 50 children since I was a small boy. I have three sisters, but have had many more foster brothers and sisters.
“My parents provided love and stability to many less fortunate children and brought them into our family. It may not have always been easy but is something I would never change.
“It's a huge decision and of course it isn't for everyone but it's incredibly rewarding. I know that it's not only changed the lives the kids who've spent some time in our family over the years but also mine and my sisters.”
Jackie Sanders, head of media and campaigns at the Fostering Network, said: “Gareth comes to this from a place of experience. He has seen what a difference fostering can make to children and we’re thrilled that he is again taking the time to support Foster Care Fortnight.
“Fostering is about the whole family, and the sons and daughters of foster carers can play a vital part in ensuring that a child or young person finds security in their new home.”
The charity runs the annual campaign on behalf of fostering services across the UK to raise the profile of fostering and to encourage people to consider becoming a foster carer. This year the theme 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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