Foster carers sought for under-fives
Wakefield Council is calling for more foster carers to come forward to help change a young child's future.
During July the Council is seeking to recruit carers for children under the age of five, who can provide a youngster with a loving and stable home.
Cllr Margaret Isherwood, Wakefield's Council's Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: "Foster carers need to be kind and empathetic and able to give support to a vulnerable child at a time when they need it the most.
"We are always keen to hear from people interested in fostering all age groups. However, in July we are reaching out to recruit more foster carers for younger children, to ensure if demand increases we have even more skilled carers in place to provide support.
"Fostering is hugely rewarding, with carers telling us they get a lot of satisfaction in knowing they are making positive impact on the lives of children and young people. Carers also tell us their own families benefit from giving this support.
"I'd like to encourage anyone who is thinking about becoming a foster carer to get in touch with us so that they too can offer children a brighter future. Our fostering team is here to support you every step of the way."
Foster placements can last from a few days to an entire childhood.
The Council is always interested in hearing from potential fosters carers, who can provide a caring home for older children, sibling groups and those with additional needs.
Foster carers are given training and their own support worker, who will visit them regularly.
They also have opportunities to meet with other foster carers for advice and support.
Foster carers need to be over the age of 21 and have a spare room. No special qualifications are needed, but carers must want to make a real, positive difference to a child's life.
To find out more visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/fostering or call 0800 197 0320.