Every 20 minutes another child comes into care in need of a foster family in the UK. Every day there are about 65,000 children living with 55,000 foster families.

With Foster Care Fortnight™ fast approaching (10-23 May 2021), the annual event provides a platform to shout about our foster care community with this event following the most challenging year of our lifetimes.

This year’s theme of Foster Care Fortnight 2021 is #WhyWeCare which allows us to recognise the contribution of the whole of the fostering community following this incredibly difficult year.

Foster Care Fortnight™ is the UK’s biggest foster care awareness raising campaign, delivered by leading fostering charity, The Fostering Network. The campaign showcases the commitment, passion and dedication of foster carers. It also supports fostering services to highlight the need for more foster carers.

Kevin Williams, Chief Executive of The Fostering Network, said: “Foster carers have accomplished incredible things every day throughout this last year. In the face of a global crisis that has affected every one of us and impacted all aspects of our society, they have worked tirelessly for the children that they bring into their homes. Foster carers have supported children and young people’s education, health, and social wellbeing, and they have also helped to maintain the children’s relationships with the people who are important to them, either through face to face contact or virtually when it has not been safe to meet with others.

“Despite the practical and emotional challenges that the pandemic has brought, foster carers have continued to provide day-to-day support, love and stability to children and young people who can’t live with their birth families – and from the bottom of my heart, I thank them.

“Being a foster carer is to take on a role like no other, so if you are looking for a new lifestyle or career in the aftermath of this dreadful pandemic and you believe you have the right skills, I want you to consider becoming a foster carer.”

Become a foster carer in London

There is a need for thousands more foster carers every year. Foster carers come from all backgrounds and bring a wide range of life and work experiences with them.

At OwnLife Fostering you become a professional partner, working with a team of professionals in fostering services. You receive training to develop the important skills required to meet the needs of children in your care. To be a foster carer you need good communication skills but importantly empathy, love and to be able to provide stability and secure environment to help them through an incredibly turbulent time in their lives.

As a foster carer you will provide children, teenagers, siblings or a young parent with a child, with day-to-day care, support and encouragement to be the people they were destined to be.

You will support children through their education, look after their health and promote social wellbeing.

The role is challenging yet rewarding. From day to day, week to week you will be required to attend meetings, keep records, manage behaviour and promote contact with birth families.

If being a foster carer in London sounds like something for you then we are urgently looking for foster carers in all London boroughs including:- Ealing; Brent; Hammersmith and Fulham; Harrow; Hillingdon; Hounslow; Royal Borough Kensington and Chelsea; Westminster; Lewisham.

Contact OwnLife Fostering today via email fosteringinfo@ownlife.org.uk or call on 020 8313 3304.