York residents urged to become foster carers and change a child's life

York Press: York residents urged to become foster carers and change a child's life York residents urged to become foster carers and change a child's life

YORK residents are being asked to change a child’s life through becoming a foster carer.

More people are needed who can 'open their heart, and their homes, to vulnerable children and young people', said Robert Tapsfield, chief executive of the national Fostering Network.

Speaking at the start of Fostering Fortnight, he warned that more and more children were coming into care nationwide, and said: “A good foster carer will believe in the ambition of the children in their care in the same way they’d believe in the ambition of their own family members.

"A childhood is too short to waste, and foster carers can help those who haven’t had the best start begin to enjoy their life and grow into the adults that they want to be.”

York currently has more than 100 foster carers, who support children and young people who are not able to live with their own families and receive a weekly allowance to cover day-to-day expenses.

Cllr Janet Looker, cabinet member for children at City of York Council, which is linking into the Network’s national campaign, said foster carers came from all walks of life and were as unique as the children who needed fostering.

"We’re not interested in your age or whether you already have children, but you do need the space, energy and time to support a child in need," she said.

“We have a strong fostering community in York but we always need more Foster Carers to provide vulnerable young people with a safe and secure environment. I’d urge anyone who is interested in finding out more to get in touch.”

York City player and 'education ambassador' Danny Parslow is also backing the appeal for new foster carers. He said: "Fostering, like teaching, is about having a real love for working with young people and wanting to make a difference in their lives. It provides a solid foundation through offering a happy and stable environment for the young people to flourish."

For more information, go to www.york.gov.uk/fostering, email fostering@york.gov.uk or call 01904 555333.

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5:27pm Mon 12 May 14

Minstermummy says...

Members from the CYC Fostering Team and Foster Carers will be in the foyer of West Offices 10am - 2pm everyday for the next 2 weeks supporting Fostering Fortnight and will be happy to answer any questions .
Come say hello and find out more how to make a difference to a child's life
Members from the CYC Fostering Team and Foster Carers will be in the foyer of West Offices 10am - 2pm everyday for the next 2 weeks supporting Fostering Fortnight and will be happy to answer any questions . Come say hello and find out more how to make a difference to a child's life Minstermummy
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7:31pm Mon 12 May 14

Digeorge says...

I hope the CYC Fostering Team are there everyday anyway as that is their job.

Everywhere needs more foster carers.

Why then aren't people coming forward the rapid increase in IVF babies born and the rapid increase adoption on false allegations. The latter a huge scandal.

Time they did a bit more 'research' into children's genetic conditions before they start throwing the allegations about including that of paediatricians and the cover-up that goes on. York's no different than the rest of the country although are a little higher than their neighbouring counterparts. I guess 'every child matters' (so they say).

And a little easier to get to the 'adoption' ladder and would have opted for adoption rather than IVF PGD had somebody told me the real truth about the dangers. Just wish the genetic specialists and doctors would support 'adoption' root rather than a fanciful IVF programme that is 'research', plenty of children out there to adopt. You actually might have a few more potential adopters!
I hope the CYC Fostering Team are there everyday anyway as that is their job. Everywhere needs more foster carers. Why then aren't people coming forward the rapid increase in IVF babies born and the rapid increase adoption on false allegations. The latter a huge scandal. Time they did a bit more 'research' into children's genetic conditions before they start throwing the allegations about including that of paediatricians and the cover-up that goes on. York's no different than the rest of the country although are a little higher than their neighbouring counterparts. I guess 'every child matters' (so they say). And a little easier to get to the 'adoption' ladder and would have opted for adoption rather than IVF PGD had somebody told me the real truth about the dangers. Just wish the genetic specialists and doctors would support 'adoption' root rather than a fanciful IVF programme that is 'research', plenty of children out there to adopt. You actually might have a few more potential adopters! Digeorge
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7:12pm Tue 13 May 14

MouseHouse says...

I have no idea how want-to-be-parents feel when their wish cannot, for whatever reason, come true, I accept fully the desire for the child to be of their own genetics, I understand fully that considering adoption is may be a very daunting prospect.

However this article is about fostering, not adoption. It is something older members of society may be happy to do - contributing for the better good, using the skills they have, sharing their love - yet still having the time to recover as fostering isn't always long term.

Good luck...
I have no idea how want-to-be-parents feel when their wish cannot, for whatever reason, come true, I accept fully the desire for the child to be of their own genetics, I understand fully that considering adoption is may be a very daunting prospect. However this article is about fostering, not adoption. It is something older members of society may be happy to do - contributing for the better good, using the skills they have, sharing their love - yet still having the time to recover as fostering isn't always long term. Good luck... MouseHouse
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