Unite and Foster event to be held in Ipswich as part of ‘Foster Care Fortnight’

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An event aimed at bringing communities together in support of Foster Care will be held at St Michaels Church in Ipswich on 9 May 2017.

The event will be held by Suffolk Fostering and Adoption Service, in partnership with JIMAS and Home For Good: Suffolk and is aimed at those considering becoming a foster carer.

The event will give potential foster carers an opportunity to find out more about the challenges and rewards of becoming a foster carer.

The event is on Friday 9 May 2017 from 7pm at St Michaels Church Hall, 23 Upper Orwell St, Ipswich, IP4 1HN.

Speakers from the three organisations running the event (Suffolk Fostering and Adoption, Home for Good and JIMAS) will attend. There will also be talks from Foster Carers in Suffolk who will share their stories and experiences.

The event is being held as part of National Foster Care Fortnight which runs from 8 - 21 May 2017. During the Fortnight, Suffolk Foster Care and Adoption will hold events across the county to provide information to those who may be considering becoming a Foster Carer and to promote the benefits and rewards of Foster Care.

Suffolk County Council is responsible for more than 750 children in care across the county and is committed to securing families for these children either on a short-term or permanent basis. Suffolk Fostering and Adoption continues to recruit foster carers across the County with a particular need for carers to look after children who are 10+ or sibling groups.

Nathan Whitley, head of Adoption and Fostering Services at Suffolk County Council said:

“Fostering in Suffolk is extremely rewarding. As a foster carer you can make a real difference to a child’s life, by providing them with the nurturing home life they need to give them every chance of a happy childhood and to succeed in life. “Anyone can be a foster carer, regardless of background or faith.

"The theme of Foster Care Fortnight is ‘Foster Care Transforms Lives’. Regardless of age or location, the children who are in need of care have one thing in common and that is they have been placed at risk and need stability and consistency in their lives.

“Looking after an older child can bring a different set of rewards - whether it is being able to share a family meal time together, or facing the prospects of entering Oxford or Cambridge, having had stability and safety within foster care, and having been supported by somebody who really believed in them. Fostering a child means you are instrumental in shaping their future success. "

That is why Suffolk Fostering and Adoption are proud to be a part of Foster Care Fortnight.”

Ethel Davis who has been a Foster Carer for more than five years said:

“I find fostering incredibly rewarding knowing that I am ‘making a positive difference’ in young people’s life. As a teenage carer, you have to have firm but fair and consistent boundaries in place. My children have never had an issue with ‘sharing’ mum – it’s a way of life for us. We are a fostering family, and my kids have embraced fostering.

“My advice is, pick up the phone and call Suffolk fostering service for an information pack and take it from there.

"There are different stages of becoming a foster carer and at any point; you can change your mind. It is important to work out if fostering is for you. I understand that fostering is not for everyone and it can be very challenging; but for me, Fostering is the most rewarding thing I have ever done.”

The events being held during Foster Care Fortnight (8 - 21 May 2017) are as follows:

  • Tuesday 9th May – ‘Unite & Foster Event’, St Michael’s Church, 23 Upper Orwell Street, Ipswich, from 7pm
  • Monday 15th May - Sam’s Coffee House, 132 Bevan Street East, Lowestoft, 12pm – 2pm and 5.30pm – 7.30pm
  • Wednesday 17th May - La Tour Cycle Café, Tower House, 17 Tower Street, Ipswich, 6pm – 8pm

If you are unable to attend any of the above events, you can contact Suffolk Fostering and Adoption by calling 01473 264800, emailing fosterandadopt@suffolk.gov.uk or texting FOSTER to 60060.