Fresh focus on finding new foster carers

Councillor Shan Hunt PNL-160905-142112001
Councillor Shan Hunt PNL-160905-142112001

A new campaign to boost the numbers of foster parents across the borough is being launched with the message ‘Time to Foster, Time to Care’.

Bedford Borough Council says every 20 minutes in the UK a child becomes in need of a foster family.

Portfolio Holder for Children’s Social Care Cllr Shan Hunt said: “We are looking for foster carers from a variety of different backgrounds, ethnicities, cultures and religions to meet the needs of our children.

“Whether people can foster short-term or for more long-term periods, we would be delighted to hear from them. Fantastic foster carers are making such a difference to children’s lives.”

The campaign fortnight runs from May 16 to 29, with a programme of events, including a creative competition for all children living within fostering families, a picnic in the park for foster carers and the children they care for, and social media campaign.

For more details, call 01234 718718 or email adoptionandfostering@bedford.gov.uk