Could you make a difference and transform a life?

Could you provide a safe, loving home to a child or young person? That’s the question being asked by North Somerset Council’s fostering team during Foster Care Fortnight, which runs from Monday 14 to Sunday 27 May.

The national Foster Care Fortnight, run by leading fostering charity The Fostering Network, aims to showcase the commitment, passion and dedication of foster carers. In North Somerset, the fortnight is also being used to highlight the need for more foster carers.

Cllr Jan Barber, executive member with responsibility for children and young people’s services, said: “In North Somerset approximately 230 children are in foster care at any one time and, because there’s a shortage of foster care in our area, some of these children have to be placed in expensive, private foster care placements outside of North Somerset.

“This means vulnerable children and young people who cannot live at home, through no fault of their own, have to live away from their schools, friends and other familiar sources of support.

“There are many myths about who can and can’t foster which can often put people off from coming forward – but they aren’t true. There are certain criteria that need to be met but we’re happy to talk to anyone who’s interested. Even if you don’t meet the criteria now our fostering team will talk to you about how you might in the future.

“By coming forward you could help us increase the number of foster carers in North Somerset, meaning we could place children and young people local to their home community. We’d love to hear from you.”

Information about becoming a foster carer will be available in the Town Hall reception area during the fortnight. There will also be an information evening on Thursday 31 May from 6pm to 8pm at Castlewood, Clevedon for people to come along and speak to members of the fostering team and local foster carers.

Alternatively, you can also visit or call 01275 888 999 to find out more and speak to the fostering team. During the fortnight the team will also be posting lots of information on their Facebook and Twitter accounts.