Foster carers still needed across the district
Wakefield Council is highlighting the incredible work of foster carers during the coronavirus outbreak as it marks this year's Foster Care Fortnight (11-24 May).
Foster carers across the district have been sharing their stories on Facebook of what fostering life is like for them, especially in these unusual circumstances.
The Council is still very much interested in hearing from potential fosters carers, who can provide a caring home and the chance to transform a young person's life.
Being a foster carer provides a temporary home for a child or young person, whether that be in the long or short term, or emergency care, and gives them love and stability.
Cllr Margaret Isherwood, Wakefield Council's Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: "We want people to know that foster carers are still very much needed, despite the coronavirus outbreak, and enquires are still being processed.
"Fostering is a challenging but hugely rewarding role and you really can change the life of a child or young person for the better.
"Id 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 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.
People can apply regardless of their marital status, sexuality, religious or cultural background. They don't have to be a homeowner, or employed, and can be with or without children.
People need to have patience, tolerance, energy and flexibility and most importantly the ability to provide a loving and secure home for a child.
Allowances, training and support are provided throughout.
To find out more visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/fostering or call 0800 197 0320.
#ThisIsFostering videos of the experiences of real foster carers can be viewed at https://www.facebook.com/roominwakefield/