With local council elections taking place in Scotland, Wales and parts of England on Thursday 3 May, the Fostering Network is calling on foster carers to get involved and lobby their local candidates.
Over the next few weeks, candidates will be busy campaigning in their communities and foster carers are being urged to talk to them about fostering and the needs of the children they look after.
All local councillors have a legal responsibility for all children in the public care of the authority and the Fostering Network has picked out four key questions for foster carers to put to them in the run up to the election.
If you were a councillor how would you:
Foster carers are also being encouraged to raise any other fostering issues specific to their area where they feel local councillors need to take action.
Vicki Swain, campaigns manager at the Fostering Network, said: “This is a major opportunity to ensure that as many candidates as possible, from all parties, understand and value foster care.
“We want all candidates to know that caring about fostering and the needs of children in care are vital to their election, and foster carers are the key to them getting that message.”
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