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Families in Lichfield and Burntwood with a spare room urged to consider fostering

Families in Lichfield and Burntwood with a spare room are being urged to consider fostering.

An appeal has been launched to find 60 new foster families across Staffordshire.

The initiative is being backed by a woman who spent four of her teenage years living with David and Kelly Hyden.

Isobelle and Kelly Hyden
Isobelle and Kelly Hyden

Isobelle, a 23-year-old mum of two, said: “My foster carers were great and supported me throughout my teenage years. They encouraged me with my school work, friendships and helped build up my confidence.

“Even though I’ve got my own young family now, I still visit them, and they are always there for me if I need anything.

“Many children in care will have had a tough start to their lives but getting them into a foster family like what happened to me will make sure they are loved and able to flourish.

“I would definitely encourage people to consider putting their spare room to good use and being a foster carer. It really can change a young person’s life for the best.”

“Supporting children to flourish”

Kelly said that taking the decision to foster was a rewarding one.

“I often hear people say that they would like to foster one day, but I know that most probably don’t get around to actually doing it,” she said. “To those people I would say, make that one day today, and take your first step by going along to one of the fostering information events.

“Supporting children to flourish into young adults can be challenging at times but the rewards of seeing them achieve outweigh any challenges.”You’ll get all the support you need too, and you’ll have a mentor on hand who is experienced in foster care.”

The campaign is being led by Staffordshire County Council. Cllr Mark Sutton, Cabinet member for children and young people, said: “All sorts of people from all walks of life can and do foster and our latest campaign is hoping to encourage more families to consider fostering.

“People who want to foster simply need to care about children, have a spare room, good communication skills and be up for a challenge.”

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