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Foster Care Fortnight

13 May 2016

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Liverpool is using Foster Care Fortnight to thank existing carers for looking after some of the city’s most vulnerable young people, as well as recruiting new carers.

Two fun days for foster care families will be held at Otterspool Adventure Playground on Saturday 21 and Saturday 28 May, while two thank-you events for carers will be held at the RMS Titanic hotel at 30 James Street on Thursday 19 and Thursday 26 May.

And in a recruitment drive, staff will be out and about across the city in locations including hospitals and Children’s Centres from Monday 16 May until Friday 27 May with information about what how to become a foster carer.

Mayoral Lead for children’s services, Councillor Barry Kushner, said: “Our foster carers are very special people who provide a loving home for some of our most vulnerable children.

“Foster care fortnight provides an opportunity for us to thank all carers, whether they work for us or an agency, for their amazing support in keeping children safe.

“We need the good people of Liverpool to join our Foster Care team to look after our city’s children. We offer support, training and financial support for anyone who can commit to looking after our children.”

People who foster for the city council no longer have to pay council tax, meaning a saving of at least £1,100 per year for the 290 households who currently foster one or more child.

Councillor Kushner added: “Taking in someone else’s child is life changing, both for the foster carer and the young person, so it is absolutely right and proper that we do everything we can to support them.

“We really need more foster carers to come forward and work for us, and I believe the council tax exemption scheme will encourage families who want to foster but are worried about the costs that come with looking after a young person.”

As part of its commitment to supporting carers, the city council will, in the near future, launch a training programme in partnership with Liverpool John Moores University.

Liverpool has over 150 more looked-after children than it had five years ago, and the number now stands at around 1,000. The rise is due to a greater level of awareness of the issue of child neglect and abuse following the Baby Peter case in Haringey, and is reflected across the country.

Foster carers need to be aged over 21, but there is no upper age limit. They can be single, married or co-habiting, straight or gay.