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Roadshow gives families in Lichfield the chance to find out more about fostering

A roadshow in Lichfield has been giving families the chance to find out more about fostering.

The foster care roadshow in Lichfield

The foster care roadshow in Lichfield

The visit coincided with Staffordshire County Council’s ‘Got Time To Foster?’ campaign which aims to help find more homes for some of the region’s most vulnerable children.

It also coincided with Foster Care Fortnight, which runs from May 14 to 27.

Cllr Philip White, Cabinet support member for learning and employability at Staffordshire County Council said: “We are always looking for foster families to come forward and when you hear about the amazing difference that fostering can make to a young person’s life, you’ll see why it’s such a wonderful thing to do.

“We all want to see children and young people get the best possible start in life, and that’s exactly what you could do as an approved foster carer for your local council. Continuity is so important for a child – including access to their extended family, friends and school so it’s vital we have a steady flow of local foster carers.

“All sorts of people from all walks of life can and do foster with us and you’re never on your own. There’s always advice on hand and lots of training available. And this year, we are especially looking for foster carers for teenagers, sibling groups and children with additional needs too, so please get in touch with us if you think you can make a difference.”

Families have also been offering an insight into what fostering entails.

Cliff Whiteley said: “I’ve been fostering for 18 years now and it’s a wonderful thing to do.

“It brings fantastic rewards like making a difference to a child without making that child feel different. It also keeps you young and comes with great support and training from your local council authority.

“Everyone has life skills they can pass on to a foster child too.”

For more details about fostering visit the Staffordshire County Council website or call 0800 1692061.

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