Wakefield Council seeks much needed adopters and foster carers

Date: 15/09/2015
Ref: PR 5050

Wakefield Council is reaching out to residents to see if they can provide a loving home for a child or young person.

The Council works with many children in the Wakefield district who need families to offer them a safe and caring environment; and is seeking residents who would be able and willing to become foster carers and adopters. The Council welcomes contact from people interested in providing a safe placement, either through fostering or adoption.

Foster carers provide short or long-term care for a child or young person from birth to teenagers and the length of stay can vary from days to months or years. Children aged five plus need fostering in the district for both short and long term care.

Adoption is a lifetime commitment and involves a legal process in which all of the rights and responsibilities of the birth parents are permanently transferred to the adoptive parent(s). In particular, children aged 3 plus and sibling groups are in need of adoption in the district.

Cllr Olivia Rowley, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: "There are children and young people across our district in need of a loving and secure home.

"We need committed and enthusiastic people who can provide that safe and caring environment, whether permanently or for a short time.

"I urge anyone who thinks they may be able to help to pick up the phone and someone will be happy to talk you through what fostering and adoption involves. This commits you to nothing but could offer the opportunity of a lifetime."

Those looking to take the first steps in fostering or adoption need to be over 21 and applicants can be single or in a couple. They also need to have room in their life to accommodate a child or young person.

The adoption and fostering teams need people with patience, tolerance, energy and flexibility and most importantly the ability to provide a loving and secure home for a child.

A wealth of support is available for foster carers and adoptive parents, both emotionally and financially. All foster carers will be paid an ongoing allowance from the moment they foster a child. In some cases, adoption allowances are also paid.

To find out more call visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/mynewfamily or call 0800 197 0320. ​