People are particularly needed to provide homes for teenagers, children with physical, learning or emotional disabilities, children from Eastern European backgrounds and groups of brothers and sisters.
As part of this year’s awareness campaign, which runs until June 14, Bradford Council is hosting a series of drop-in events in a bid to entice more people to find out about what the role as a foster carer entails.
Fostering can be challenging but many carers find it incredibly rewarding as they have the opportunity to really make a difference to a child’s life as well as learn new skills.
Will, who is a single male, long term foster carer and has been fostering for 11 years said: “Fostering can seem like a real challenge and sometimes it is, but I had a lot of good support and training to help us through our early days. The rewards are huge, children who have come to me have gone on to university and that is a massive achievement on all parts.
“It is a hugely daunting prospect for young people in care to come and live in a new family and you need to understand that the first few weeks or months might not be easy, but I ‘rode the storm’ and was really proactive in the children’s schooling and learnt techniques to deal with any behaviour issues and that all really helped .”
Bradford Council accepts applications to foster from all walks of life. All children are different, and to meet their needs, the authority is looking for a wide variety of people. All applicants must be over 21 and have a spare room in their home.
Coun Ralph Berry, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Health and Social Care, said: “We always need more people who can make a long lasting positive difference to the life of a child to come forward.
“Children and young people come into care for a wide range of reasons, but all come needing professional and compassionate support.”