THE ‘valuable’ role the birth children of foster carers play is being highlighted by Lancashire County Council as part of the annual Fostering Network’s national Sons and Daughters month.
A new campaign was launched on Friday, October 1, to celebrate and recognise children and young people for the important role they play in welcoming fostered children into their families. The campaign will run throughout October.
Fostering is a whole family approach and for most sons and daughters of foster carers, their relationships with fostered children have many positive aspects. They gain companionship, friendship and a sense of self-worth in sharing their homes with children who need them.
Courtney, who has grown up in a fostering family for the last 14 years, knows first hand the impact that being part of a fostering family can have.
County Councillor Cosima Towneley, cabinet member for children and families, said: “We would like to say thank you to all the children of our foster carers and celebrate the important contribution they make to foster care.
“Sons and daughters of foster carers are unsung heroes and we want each and every child and young person who grows up as part of a fostering family to know just how important they are.
“We will be sending a thank you card to every son or daughter this month, as a small token of our appreciation. If you think you have what it takes to foster then please get in touch.”
An online information event for people thinking about fostering will be held on Wednesday, October 20 from 6pm to 8pm. Staff will be available from the fostering recruitment team, as well as foster carers. The event will include a brief talk to outline the process, followed by a Q and A session. To find out more visit www.lancashire.gov.uk/fostering or call 0300 123 6723.