Council calls for more foster carers in the Wakefield district
Wakefield Council has
teamed up with inspirational local man, Jono Lancaster, in its call for more
people to become foster carers in the Wakefield district.
Jono Lancaster, age 33 from Normanton, is a keen supporter of the Wakefield
Fostering Service as he was fostered by a single carer living in Featherstone,
shortly after his birth. He was born with Treacher Collins Syndrone – a
condition that affects the development of bones and other tissues of the face.
His parents felt unable to give him the support that he needed, and he was
taken into care. Jono now dedicates his time to help others with facial
differences and has set up the Love Me, Love My Face Foundation.
After seeing a billboard advertising the Council’s local fostering service,
Jono said: “It instantly brought a smile and a little tear. I was once fostered
which lead to having a forever family.” Jono was fostered until he was five
years old, when his foster carer decided to adopt him.
Foster carers provide homes for a child or young person, giving them love and
stability. It can be for short or longer periods of time. The local and
national shortage of foster carers often means that many young people have to
be placed with families in different towns and different counties. The Council
wants to hear from anyone interested in finding out more about fostering.
Jono said: “I wish children could stay near their home, near their community,
near their friends. They need to be close to home because it give them a sense
of belonging, it’s all familiar and feels safe.”
“If anyone is considering or thinking about fostering, please seek out the
answers that you need and follow it through. It is honestly life changing and
I’m proud to say it’s been a huge part of my journey.”
Cllr Margaret Isherwood with Jono Lancaster
Isherwood, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People,
said: “Foster parents change lives and give children and young people the
opportunities that everyone deserves. In the Wakefield district there are many
children in need of a safe and caring home. Do something amazing, get in touch
to find out more and become a foster carer with us.”
Foster carers are given training and have 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.
Those interested are invited to come along to an informal drop-in session to
find out more. These are taking place in Wakefield and Castleford in October
• 1 October, 1pm-3pm at Costa Coffee, Trinity Walk, Wakefield
• 4 October, 9.30-11.30am, Costa Coffee, Junction 32 Castleford
• 1 November, 9.30-11.30am, Costa Coffee, Junction 32 Castleford
• 5 November, 1-3pm, Costa Coffee, Trinity Walk Wakefield
People can apply regardless of their marital status, sexuality, religious or
cultural background. They do not need to be a home owner or employed and can be
with or without children.
Those interested in being carers, need to have patience, tolerance, energy and
flexbility. Most importantly they need to be able to provide a loving a secure
home for a child.
Allowances, training and support are provided throughout.
Or to find out more about fostering visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/fostering
or call 0800 197 0320.