I am writing to draw the attention of your readers to the ever-growing and urgent need for more foster carers in your area. Sadly the number of children entering the care system continues to rise, with a particular shortage of foster carers for young people aged 10-17 years old.
I was fortunate to spend part of my childhood with foster families who gave me a sense of belonging, stability and security – something I passionately believe all children and young people both need and deserve.
At present, over 5,675 children are in care in Wales, 75% of whom are in foster care. But still more foster carers are needed and especially for 10-17 year olds who need care, consistency, stability and love to flourish. I understand that the prospect of fostering may seem daunting but with the right support it can be a hugely rewarding experience helping a young person to turn their life around.
As the very proud Patron of TACT, the UK’s largest fostering and adoption charity, I see the real difference that their high-quality foster carers are making to the lives of young people and children across the UK. And not only this, I also see the incredible support the charity provides to foster carers which is so pivotal to their track record of highly successful foster placements.
People from a variety of backgrounds come forward to foster, bringing with them a wide range of unique skills. This Fostering Fortnight, I strongly urge your readers to think about whether they might have the patience, understanding and motivation to foster a young person.
As a foster carer you can truly transform a young person’s life, setting them on the path to a brighter future. Contact TACT today to find out more on 0808 256 2727 or visit http://tactcare.org.uk/about-us/