Foster Care Fortnight underway in Wandsworth
Published: Friday, May 15, 2020
This week marked the start of Foster Care Fortnight which is the UK’s biggest foster care awareness-raising campaign, delivered by leading fostering charity, The Fostering Network.
The campaign sets out to showcase the commitment, passion and dedication of foster carers. It also supports fostering services to highlight fostering in their local area and the positive impact fostering is making to the lives of children and young people, including sibling groups, those with disabilities and unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.
The council’s own foster care service, Wandsworth Fostering is also taking part in the campaign to raise awareness of the need for more foster carers across the borough.
Wandsworth needs at least an extra 30 carers every year to accommodate foster children. It is important that Wandsworth foster care gets local people so the foster children can remain in their community.
Cllr Will Sweet, who is the cabinet member responsible for children’s services, said: “Every year, loving and caring local people help us to look after Wandsworth children by becoming foster carers.
“We’re looking for foster carers, particularly for teenagers, children with special needs and disability, unaccompanied asylum seekers and brothers and sisters.
“We want these to be local people so that our children can stay in Wandsworth where we’ve got great resources and excellent local schools.”
Cllr Sweet also spoke to how rewarding the experience of fostering can be.
He said: “Fostering can be challenging but it is a very rewarding experience. The greatest reward comes from seeing the child that you’ve cared for becoming an accomplished, independent adult ready to make their way in the world and you know that you’ve have played a part in that journey.”
Fostering through Wandsworth Council provides foster carers with one of the most comprehensive support packages available. Full training and counselling is also provided for the foster carer candidates and Wandsworth Foster Carers.
Cllr Sweet added: “Wandsworth council will give you the best training there is, you will never feel alone as a foster carer. We’ll be with you every step of the way.
”If you’d like to find out more, whether you’ve done it before or you’re just tempted - and you have a spare room - please visit our website at fostering.wandsworth.gov.uk and register your interest in becoming a Wandsworth foster carer.”