Suffolk Fostering Service to focus on siblings in Foster Care recruitment campaign

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This week the council’s Fostering service launches the second stage of its on-going campaign to recruit foster carers in Suffolk.

More than 750 children currently live in care in Suffolk and there is an urgent need for more people to come forward to foster, particularly for sibling groups. The council is therefore urging its residents to come forward and see if they could make a positive difference to the lives of Suffolk’s children.

This second stage of the campaign focuses on the real-life experiences of two Suffolk Fostering Service, foster carers, Margi and Pat who specifically care for sibling groups. Visit www.fosterandadopt.suffolk.gov.uk to watch the film

Margi, a Foster Carer from Newmarket, said:

“We feel they have lost enough as it is coming away from their parents. It is very difficult to find people who will take all of them and we can’t bear the thought of them being split up, that is why we always say yes, we will take a sibling group.”

Pat, a Foster Carer from Eye, said:

“After our first set of siblings we thought it was such a rewarding thing to do, that is why we’ve tried to carry on doing sibling groups.

“I think someone should become a foster carer for siblings because there are not enough carers out there that do siblings groups and I think it is a shame that siblings can’t stay together in placement.”

Councillor Gordon Jones, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Education and Skills said:

“We are looking for people who have the patience and compassion to provide some of the most vulnerable members of our society with the secure and stable home life they need.  

“Being removed from your family can be very scary and being separated from your brother or sister can add to the distress of the children. Siblings usually find it much easier to settle into their new placement if they are kept together and this can also help with Educational achievements. By offering them a home together, as a Foster Carer you are supporting their emotional wellbeing.

“If you think you might be interested or know someone who might be interested in becoming a foster carer, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch on 01473 264800 or alternatively visit our website for more information www.fosterandadopt.suffolk.gov.uk.”