Help change a future

Help change the future of a North Somerset child or young person. That’s the message from North Somerset Council’s fostering team for this year’s Foster Care Fortnight which starts next week (13 – 26 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. This year’s theme looks at how foster care can change the futures of fostered children and young people.

In North Somerset, the fortnight is also being used to celebrate existing foster carer highlight the need for more foster carers to come forward from the local community.

The fostering team will be holding a coffee morning on Tuesday 14 May from 10am to noon at Costa Coffee on Oxford Street in Weston-super-Mare, where potential foster carers can come along to have their questions answered and get an insight into what fostering is like from current foster carers. There will also be information about becoming a foster carer available to pick up in the Town Hall and Castlewood reception areas during the fortnight.

“We urgently need more foster carers to come forward from our North Somerset community” said Clare McCarthy, social worker for North Somerset Council.

“Unfortunately, due to a shortage of local foster carers, children sometimes have to be placed in with fostering agencies outside of our area – away from their schools, friends and other familiar sources of support.”

“By coming forward you could help us place more children and young people locally to their home community and help change their futures.”

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 social media accounts – find them at ‘fosteringnorthsomerset’ on Facebook and @FosteringNS on Twitter.