North Yorkshire celebrates the impact of fostering

“I know I will be able to look back and think, well if I have done one good thing in my life, then that was fostering."

Fostering kids

"Every kid has a backstory, usually not a good one – and if you can make it a little easier for them, then you are giving them something they haven’t always received from the adults in their lives. That might be a shoulder to cry on, or a bit of normality in what may have been a life full of disruption and upheaval.”

Dave, who has been fostering for over a decade, along with Fostering North Yorkshire’s many fostering families, is joining the Foster Care Fortnight campaign. The campaign runs from 11 to 24 May and shows how foster care transforms the lives of children and young people across the country.

The theme this year is ‘This is Fostering’ to convey an authentic picture of the people involved in fostering.

Director of Children and Young People’s services, Stuart Carlton, said “We know that people often have misconceptions around fostering and think they can’t do it due to their own personal life; they are single, work full-time or are too old. But none of these things matter. Fostering a child or young person can transform a life and we’re looking for people who have space in their home – and their heart –  and can offer them a positive and loving home environment. 

“Foster carers accomplish incredible things every day, even in the face of a global crisis that has affected every one of us and impacted all aspects of our society. Could you offer a welcoming foster home to a local child or young person who needs one?

“Fostering can transform the lives of children and foster carers and during this difficult time, our team are adapting the way they work through phone calls and Skype. Fostering North Yorkshire (FNY) has an excellent record for placing more than 300 children and young people per year in care with local foster families.”

Across the county there is a need for foster carers who can offer homes to older children and sibling groups. Fostering provides a safe and positive environment and can transform a young person’s life for the better. FNY is proud of the support it gives foster carers, by providing training and support from locally based social work teams.

There are networks of local foster carers and local support groups that are there to care for those who need it and each foster carer has their own dedicated social worker, and each child or young person does too.

The County Council feel strongly that every child deserves the best chance in life and that fostering ensures that a child or young person has the opportunity to live in a supportive and loving family environment. By recruiting foster carers based locally, North Yorkshire ensures that children and young people can stay in the county, close to their own communities and family links. This improves their educational and health outcomes, therefore providing them with the best possible life chances.

Fostering with FNY also brings with it generous tax-free payments and allowances, and while this is not the main motivation for most foster carers, additional income streams can be very welcome. For example, an accredited foster carer receives more than £300 each week tax-free for fostering a child aged 11 to 15, for every week a child is in placement.

Find more information about becoming a foster carer with Fostering North Yorkshire, or call Fostering North Yorkshire on 01609 534654.

This story was published 15 May 2020