Foster families in Stockport are dwindling, and the council are being forced to find new ways to find carers in the area.
The Fostering Team attended Stockport carnival in a bid to highlight the growing problem, as Stockport children are running out of carers.
Councillor Kevin Dowling, the Council’s Executive Member for Children & Young People, said: “The Council’s Fostering team is doing a really good job recruiting Foster Carers. However, we still need more, especially carers who will foster teenagers and sibling groups.”
The Fostering Team, who joined the parade in a taxi accompanied by a Mascot, claims they have evidence which shows that looked-after children are ‘happier and thrive’ when they are placed in a loving and supportive family setting.
Councillor Dowling added: “Fostering teenagers and sibling groups can be seen as challenging but can also be extremely rewarding. I would encourage people who are considering becoming a Foster Carer to contact the Council’s Foster team for more information.”
Stockport Council claim there is currently a shortage of more than 8,750 foster families across the UK and in the North-West region and a shortage of 1,200 foster homes.
The Council’s Fostering Service team, who were rated as ‘outstanding’ in a recent Ofsted inspection, used the event as an ideal opportunity to engage with local residents and to encourage more people to learn about becoming a Foster Carer.
For those interested in becoming a Foster Carer or to simply gain more information about the role of a Foster Carer, contact the Council’s Fostering Team on 0161 947 4646 or visit www.stockport.gov.uk/fostering