As Fostering Fortnight (11-24 May 2020) draws to close, we hope you have been able to join Foster4Leeds in celebrating the fortnight digitally with foster carers across the city and those who help support foster families. If you can offer a young person in Leeds a safe, secure home, Foster4Leeds needs you!
Here’s is one of the city’s amazing foster carers talking about their experience of going to a Foster4Leeds recruitment information session.
“We had thought long and hard about going into fostering. We hadn’t talked to anyone about it – family, friend or professionals. We had to be sure ourselves before we discussed it with the outside world.
“Then we heard about an open evening being run by Leeds City Council’s fostering team. We could now go find out more and get advice from people who knew what they were talking about.
“After our initial reaction of it being great that such a open evening existed, we started to feel apprehensive. Whilst we were talking about getting into fostering, that’s all it was, talk. This event actually meant us doing something about those thoughts.
“We received a warm and friendly welcome from the recruitment team. As we waited for the evening to officially begin, we had the chance to meet the fostering team and other potential foster carers. Once the event began, we had a brief presentation covering the facts and figures surrounding fostering.
“One of the facts that stood out to me was that, at that time, around 1,500 children a year are in need of foster care within Leeds, the fourth highest number in England.
“The team went into further detail on the process and we got the chance to meet and talk to a current foster carer. This was a great opportunity for us to ask the burning questions that only a person who had been in our situation could answer.
“Once the discussions ended, we were asked if we wanted any more information, or wished to leave our details to be contacted about application. We left our details, as we had been very impressed by the evening and its honest and realistic approach.
“We came away even more determined to become foster carers than when we arrived. Later that week, we were contacted by the recruitment team manager. Before I knew it, I had agreed to a home visit and further discussion – what were we letting ourselves in for?”
While these open evenings are currently cancelled, make sure to follow Foster4Leeds on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Their fostering advisers are available on the phone and Skype during the COVID-19 pandemic, contact them via their website, where you will also find lots of useful information on becoming a foster carer.