Tim Loughton MP states his support for Foster Care Fortnight:
I wholeheartedly support the Fostering Network’s Foster Care Fortnight campaign to raise awareness of the important job that foster carers up and down the country do every day. They play a critical role in the lives of some of our most vulnerable children. Foster carers can - and do - turn around the lives of children and young people helping them to flourish and reach their potential. I encourage everyone who has considered fostering to take the next step towards doing something really special for a child by speaking to your local fostering services or calling Fosterline on 0800 0407675 to find out more.
Anyone can apply to become a foster carer, as long as they have the qualities needed to look after children who can't live with their parents.
If you are interested in becoming a foster carer, the first thing you should do is contact your local fostering service (either the social services department of your local council or an independent fostering agency) and arrange a meeting. They will explain what fostering involves and will help you decide whether you are right for fostering.
For independent information, help and advice for current and prospective foster carers, please contact Fosterline. The advice line is open from 9.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday (except bank holidays). It is open till 8.00pm on Wednesdays.
For information about registered independent fostering agencies please contact Ofsted, who inspect all fostering services and regulate independent fostering services.
Telephone: 0800 040 7675
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Royal Exchange Buildings
St Ann's Square
Telephone: 0300 123 1231
Video on Fostering and Adoption in Cheshire East (FACE).