New foster carers are needed in Milton Keynes, in the face of a national shortage.
With about 340 children and young people in local authority care in Milton Keynes, many of them in urgent need of a foster family, Foster Care Associates (FCA) is appealing for new foster carers as it prepares to mark Foster Care Fortnight.
The UK’s biggest annual foster carer recruitment campaign, which runs from Monday, May 16, to Sunday, May 29, aims to highlight the great work done by foster carers in the region and to encourage others to take the first step into becoming a foster carer.
This year’s theme, Time to Foster, Time to Care, highlights the fact that every 20 minutes across the UK a child comes into care in need of a foster family.
This equals more than 1,000 children and young people during oster Care Fortnight alone.
CEO of FCA Mark Costello said: ““Foster Care Fortnight is the ideal opportunity to talk to the regional FCA team and have an informal face-to-face chat to find out more about fostering.
“People are often surprised by how much support and training is available and this is a key driver for many people coming forward. If you have a spare room in your home, you could potentially foster.”