A national campaign aimed at boosting the numbers of parents adopting was launched locally today.
To mark Foster Care Fortnight Reading Borough Council’s Fostering Team took to the streets to get the message about the need for foster carers out there.
The fortnight runs until Sunday, May 25 and is the UK’s biggest foster carer recruitment campaign.
As part of the event, the Foster Care team will be at a host of venues across the Borough. A full list is at the end of this article.
The launch was made by Cllr Jan Gavin, who serves as Reading Borough Council’s Lead Councillor for Children’s Services and Families.
She said: “Foster carers come from all backgrounds, as do the children who need new families. Anyone over the age of 21 and with a spare room can apply to be a foster carer and change a child’s life for the better.
“We are here to help with any questions, whether they seem obvious or complex, and I would urge anyone with an interest in fostering to come along to one of our events and find out more.”
Foster caring is for everyone – as Gareth Gates, the Pop Idol and West End star cand testify to.
He is supporting national Foster Care Fortnight 2014 because he feels, as the son of a foster carer, that more people need to take up caring for children.
Gareth says: “Fostering has always been a part of my life. My parents have fostered over 50 children since I was a small boy. I have three sisters, but have had many, many more foster brothers and sisters.
“My parents provided love and stability to many less fortunate children and brought them into our family. It may not have always been easy but is something I would never change.
“It’s a huge decision and of course it isn’t for everyone but it’s incredibly rewarding. I know that it’s not only changed the lives the kids who’ve spent some time in our family over the years but also mine and my sisters’.”
Reading Foster Care Fortnight Events include :
Wednesday, May 14, 9.30am-5pm
Reading Fostering Team Roadshow at Asda, Lower Earley
Thursday, May 15, 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Drop-in Fostering & Adoption Information Evening at Civic Centre, Reading, RG1 7AE
Friday, May 16, 9.30am-12.30pm
Reading Fostering Team Roadshow at Rivermead Leisure Complex, Richfield Avenue
Tuesday 20 May, 9.30am-5pm
Reading Fostering Team Roadshow, Tesco, Napier Road, Reading
Thursday 22 May, from 9.30am-5pm
Reading Fostering Team Roadshow, Sainsburys, Calcot, Reading
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