Celebration event launches Foster Care Fortnight as Doncaster seeks more carers for children
Doncaster’s foster carers joined a celebration event to mark the launch of Foster Care Fortnight today, as the call goes out to find 30 new carers for local children by Doncaster Children’s Services Trust.
Recently hailed as ‘heroes’ in a borough-wide survey, more than 40 of Doncaster’s most recently approved foster carers attended the event held at The Mansion House and were thanked for opening up their homes and between them providing over 130 children with somewhere safe to live.
Paul Moffat, chief executive of the Trust who was in attendance said: "We have a fantastic network of foster carers in Doncaster who do the most amazing job and it’s only right that such great people get recognition for all their hard work and dedication.
"We are always looking for more foster carers to join our ranks in ensuring that the children and young people of Doncaster are safe. Many people discount themselves, but we welcome enquiries from a whole cross section of the community including single people, same sex couples and married couples. We want to build on the diverse range of foster carers we already have as they can provide different skills and care that can benefit each individual child we look after.”
The fostering team at the Trust is encouraging anyone considering fostering in Doncaster to get in touch this Foster Care Fortnight. They are particularly looking for people who are interested in fostering teenagers or who have the space to care for two or three children so that we can place brothers and sisters together.
Jude Lewkowicz and Barry Johnson who have been foster carers since October 2014 and currently care for a teenage girl said: “Fostering has been so rewarding and we’ve loved every minute of it. We currently foster a 16 year old girl who over the last few months has become part of our family. We’ve seen her blossom from a frightened little girl into a confident young lady who is currently doing her exams at school and wants to go on to university. We’re extremely proud of all that she’s achieved and see it is as our role as foster carers to make sure she is supported to reach her potential.”
For more information about becoming a foster carer for Doncaster Children’s Services Trust call free on: 0808 129 2600 or visit: www.fosteringindoncaster.org Alternatively you can attend the Trust’s next fostering information event on Monday 15th June at The Doncaster Dome, between 5pm-8pm.
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Doncaster Children's Services Trust is a new and independent organisation - the first of its kind in the country - set up following an agreement with national government and the local authority. We are developing and pioneering innovative and improved ways to provide social care and support services to children, young people and families in Doncaster.
We believe that every child and young person in the borough deserves the best start in life, and support when they need it, to reach their full potential. We will support children and young people of all backgrounds, races, disabilities and cultures at times of need or crisis in their lives. www.doncasterchildrenstrust.co.uk