Why we care: stories from foster carers in Barnsley

It’s Foster Care Fortnight (Monday 10 May to Sunday 23 May), and we’ll be sharing stories from our very own foster carers with the theme of ‘why we care’ on Fostering Barnsley Facebook and Fostering Barnsley Twitter using the hashtag #FCF21. The annual campaign is run by the charity, The Fostering Network, to raise awareness of the transformational power of fostering and to celebrate the fostering community.

In Barnsley, we pride ourselves on the excellent care our foster carers give to Barnsley children, keeping them within their local communities.

Ellen, a foster carer for Barnsley Council, said: “Our favourite thing about fostering is seeing the difference we're making. Even little things like lining up nicely for school makes us realise how much we're able to help and support. We're so excited to see our little man grow, develop and explore an exciting new future.”

Joe, also a foster carer for Barnsley Council, said: “You have a group of people who know what life as a foster family is like - we share hints, tips and lean on each other all the time. For the children, it's also great for them to know that they're not the only ones - shared experiences normalises their situation and makes them feel more accepted.”

The fostering team want to hear from you - if you’re thinking about what you could offer a Barnsley child, simply start by speaking with a member of our friendly team. There’s no pressure to commit to anything now, and there are different types of fostering for you to consider. Visit barnsley.gov.uk/fostering or call (01226) 775876.

We hope you can join us at one of our virtual information sessions to hear more about fostering in Barnsley. You can book your place on the Fostering Barnsley events page:

  • Friday 14 May, 1.30pm
  • Wednesday 19 May, 6:30pm

Cllr Margaret Bruff, Cabinet Spokesperson for Children’s Services, said: “If you’ve considered fostering but you’re not sure where to start, I would encourage you to have a casual chat with our friendly team who will answer any questions you may have. We also have a great support network of foster carers who want to share their stories with you.

“There are lots of myths about what fostering involves and who can become a foster carer, but what really matters is being that special someone who can provide a safe, stable and loving home for local children.”

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