Find out more about fostering during fortnight dedicated to caring

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Make a connection is the theme of Foster Care Fortnight, which is running until June 14.

Central Bedfordshire Council’s Fostering team is appealing to anyone who has considered fostering to get in touch to find out more.

With around 27,000 children estimated to come into care across the UK this year, there will be a need for around 8,600 new foster carers nationally.

In Central Beds there is a particular need for people wishing to foster older children and teenagers, sibling groups and also foster carers from black and ethnic minority backgrounds.

Fostering is open to people of all backgrounds, whether single, married, in a long-term relationship or civil partnership. You do not have to own your own home, and the main requirements are being able to offer youngsters who have entered the care system the time, space and support to develop and enjoy a childhood they may otherwise have not.

Councillor Carole Hegley, who oversees social care and housing, said: “Fostering is all about making connections, which is what our army of foster carers do with the young people they help.

“Without them, the young people who enter the care system in Central Bedfordshire wouldn’t be able to enjoy what many of us take for granted – growing up in a loving, stable family.

“Often people say that they were daunted ahead of making that first call, but once they realise the support they receive throughout the whole process and see the difference that they truly do make, they realise what a fantastic thing they are doing.

“So, if you have ever thought about fostering, I would encourage you to make a connection and contact our Fostering team.”

An information evening is being held tonight (Wednesday, June 3) from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at Millbrook Village Hall, in Sandhill Close, Millbrook for anyone wishing to find out more about fostering.

Alternately, visit www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/fostering or call 0300 300 8181.