Liverpool City Council’s interim Chief Executive is calling on more residents to become foster carers.
As demand increases, Theresa Grant wants us all to consider whether we can offer a loving and secure home to children in need.
In Liverpool, there has been a 31% increase in the number of looked-after children since 2017, whilst the number of foster carers locally and nationally has not grown at the same pace. Between 2018 and 2022 the number of approved fostering households in England declined by 4% (Ofsted November 2022).
Having more local authority foster carers in the city means that our children can have homes close to their local community, and they can remain in school with their friends and networks, this avoids them being moved away from the area where they then lose connections with their vital support networks.
Theresa Grant is also asking businesses and organisations across the city to consider becoming a Fostering Friendly employer to support employees who wish to foster.
Liverpool City Council’s support for foster carers includes:
- Pre and post approval training
- Child allowances and foster carer payments
- A dedicated social worker and family support workers
- Free Lifestyles gym membership for the fostering household
- Council Tax relief
- Local support groups and social events
Liverpool City Council interim Chief Executive, Theresa Grant said:
“It’s so important that children grow up in a safe, comfortable and loving environment and we’re looking for foster carers to give them that opportunity.
“I’d like to thank all of our existing foster carers for the amazing work they do. They are so committed and passionate about looking after our children.
“Please think about fostering and the rewards it will bring to you and the children who need your love and your support.”
Liverpool foster carer of 50 years, Sue said:
“Fostering is so rewarding. My sons keep asking me when are you going to retire, Mum? But I really enjoy it and the babies keep me going. With the one that’s due to arrive this afternoon, it’ll be 412 children in total!
“Anyone coming into fostering should know it’s not easy, but it’s very rewarding. If you can get them in a good routine, make then happy, give them plenty of love and involve them in everything, you’ll get some great results.”
Liverpool’s Fostering Service holds monthly information events and regular drop-in’s for anyone who is interested in finding out more.
Contact our friendly fostering team by emailing email@example.com or call 0151 515 0000.
For further details, visit https://fostering.liverpool.gov.uk/