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Foster Care Fortnight 2021

This year Foster Care Fortnight is taking place between the 10th and 23rd May. Foster Care Fortnight is an annual campaign by The Fostering Network. The aim of Foster Care Fortnight is the raise the profile of foster care and to show how fostering can transform the lives of children and young people across the UK. The theme for Foster Care Fortnight this year is Why We Care. The Fostering Network are encouraging everyone in the fostering community to share why they foster and the reasons why they care. Our newest foster carer, N, has shared the reasons why she fosters in this blog post. We hope by reading her thoughts on why she cares you will be encouraged to think about fostering and feel inspired to help children in need in your local area.

Why We Care – reasons to become a foster carer

N joined the Focus Foster Care family during the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020. N was approved around the time the first lockdown was eased and has become a much valued member of the Focus family. N has two daughters who are 11 and 8 and is currently caring for another girl, L*, who is 13. L is absolutely thriving, and N feels very privileged to be looking after her and supporting her.

She has slotted so well into our home, and we love making memories together and having lots of fun. 

N, Focus foster carer.

So, why did N decide to become a foster carer? Why does she do this challenging job? Why does she care? This is why…

I care because children being safe is really important to me. 

I care because there is no better feeling than making a difference to a child’s life. 

I care because every child deserves the chance to be happy. 

I care because watching a child thrive in a positive environment is so rewarding. 

I care because I understand the importance of having a worry-free childhood. 

I care because I love helping children learn new things.

I care because it means so much to me to be able to be the voice of a child that has never been able to have one before. 

I care because it is brilliant being able to support a child emotionally and build their trust through being consistent. 

I care because my own children are so happy, its a lovely thought to allow other children to share our happy home. 

I care because being a foster carer and being given the chance to provide a safe home is so special. 

Since I started fostering, I feel like I have become even more passionate about the care of children. I love that I can be an advocate for a child that needs that support, and I can’t think of anything more rewarding that providing them with a safe and happy home. The child that I am currently caring for, is so much more confident in herself, she is thriving at school and her outlook on almost everything is now more positive. Knowing that I have been a part of that and making her feel that way is incredible. 

N, foster carer

Foster Care is so important and we hope you are feeling inspired to learn more about what it involves and how you can begin your own fostering journey. The Fostering Network have shared lots of resources and ideas on how to get involved with Foster Care Fortnight on their website.

If you would like to join N and the rest of our team of foster carers, contact us today to discuss joining the Focus family. We are passionate about embracing the lives of children and young people across the West Midlands by recruiting inspiring and hard working foster carers.

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To find out more about fostering and how to become a foster carer with our independent fostering agency, please read the following pages on our website:
Types of foster care.
Who can foster?
How to become a foster carer with Focus Foster Care.
Fostering – frequently asked questions.
The benefits of fostering with Focus Foster Care.