MK Dons have joined forces with the council and local foster carers to coincide with National Foster Care Fortnight.
As part of the campaign, ‘Fostering: are you in the frame?’, the Milton Keynes Council Fostering Team will be running a local ‘drop-in’ on Wednesday May 15 in the reception area in Saxon Court, 502 Avebury Boulevard Central Milton Keynes from 6–7pm. Anyone who would like an informal chat about becoming a foster carer is welcome to go along.
Nationally, the number of children entering foster care has risen for the sixth consecutive year. There is an ageing foster care workforce across the country with two thirds likely to retire within the next 10 years.
The Fostering Network estimates the UK will need at least 9,000 more foster families in 2013 alone to meet the demands of the rising number of children entering care and to replace foster carers who leave for various reasons. On any one day there is now a record 61,700 children living with foster families, with others entering and leaving care throughout the year.
Dons boss Karl Robinson said: “In my eyes, foster parents are unsung heroes. They ensure that children are able to live in a safe and loving environment at times of great stress and trauma.
“As a parent it is extremely comforting knowing there are foster parents in Milton Keynes who are willing to provide a caring home to children whose parents are unable to.”
National Foster Care Fortnight begins on Monday May 13.
Anyone who is unable to attend the drop in can call the fostering duty line 01908 253206 or visit www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/fostering