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Friday, 11 January 2013

Make 2013 the year you foster a child

 

Cheshire East Council is teaming up with local authorities across the north west to urge people to make 2013 a life-changing year – the year to foster a local child.

Organisers of the You Can Foster campaign, the high-profile collaboration of the 23 councils in the north west, are encouraging people from all walks of life to consider how they could make a real difference to the life of a child.

With television adverts featuring real carers from across the region beginning to air on ITV1 next week, the You Can Foster team have set an ambitious target of exceeding the 1,500 enquiries achieved in 2012.

The campaign, which has recruited almost 200 new carers and attracted more than 4,500 inquiries since its inception in 2010, aims to dispel the many myths about fostering.

Applications are welcomed from those who are single, in a relationship, married or divorced; from applicants who work full-time or don’t work at all, and regardless of gender or sexual orientation.

All applicants are assessed on their own merits, with the standard of care people could offer a child being the most important thing.

Councillor Rachel Bailey, Cabinet member in charge of children and family services, said: “Following our success in previous years, we are proud to continue to be a part of such a high-profile campaign.

“The start of the new year is the perfect time for people to think about whether they could provide a loving home for a local child.

“We hope that the campaign will persuade people who have never thought about fostering to explore the subject more thoroughly.”

For more information about the You Can Foster campaign and to request an information pack, visit www.youcanfoster.org  or call 0800 6347052.

If you would like to speak to a member of the Cheshire East fostering team, please call 0300 123 3223, or visit: www.spacesforfaces.co.uk

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